Braised Oriental Style Coleslaw

By Sandra B – Toronto, ON
Braised Oriental Style Coleslaw
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Total Time: 40
  • Servings: 2-4

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About this Recipe

A delicious oriental style coleslaw that's perfect to serve with Maple Leaf Naturally Sweet and Sour Pork


5 tbsp peanut, coconut or EV olive oil (a mild tasting variety)
.5 tbsp roasted sesame oil
3 large cloves fresh garlic, minced or crushed
.5 red onion, sliced/chopped
2 tbsp fresh ginger minced or thinly sliced
2 tbsp black, white or mixed sesame seeds
2 tbsp good quality soy sauce or shoyu (add as desired, to taste)
1 Pkg fresh coleslaw - red + green cabbage + carrot mixture (1 lb.) (raw, not dressed)
.3 cup diced butternut squash or pumpkin
3 whole Chili peppers
.5 cup cold water


in a large pan, heat most of the oil. Add the sesame seeds and roast them for a few minutes on medium high. Add the garlic and stir. Cook for another minute and remove almost all of the seeds and garlic with a spoon - place in a large bowl.

Place the onion, ginger and Chili peppers into the hot flavoured oil and stir fry for a few minutes. Take care not to burn.

Add half of the water to the pan, dissolve the spices and flavours at the bottom of the pan.
Add a little more oil and increase the heat.
Add the fresh coleslaw to the hot pan, turning every half minute or so as the mixture braises. Add more water, as needed, to prevent burning.

When the coleslaw is wilted and mostly cooked, add the sesame oil, the sesame seeds and the cooked garlic into the mixture and braise for another few minutes. Just before serving, add the soy sauce and a bit of the water to the mixture. Stir well.

Remove from heat.
Serve paired with Maple Leaf Prime Naturally® Sweet & Sour Pork
and, if you wish, with steamed rice.
Garnish with steamed or fresh watercress, if you wish.


This dish is a nice savory and slightly spicy counterpoint for Maple Leaf's Naturally Sweet and Sour Pork dish. It's rounded out nicely with a serving of steamed rice but if you are watching your carbs it can stand on it's own as a delicious and nutritious side dish without any added starches.

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