Yamitsuki Kyabetsu: Gyu-Kaku’s Addicting Cabbage Salad
Packed with plenty of vitamins C and U, cabbage is known for being effective for cancer prevention, and we Japanese often use the vegetable “Kyabetsu (キャベツ)” as the main ingredient in dishes, such as salads and sautéed foods, just like people in other countries do. Additionally, Japanese home cooks commonly make pickles using cabbage or Kyabetsu in daily life.
Addicting Yamitsuki Cabbage Salad
When it comes to the cabbage pickles offered by Japanese restaurants, I think the one by the popular Yakiniku restaurant chain “Gyu-Kaku (牛角)”, called “Yamitsuki Kyabetsu (病み付きキャベツ: Addicting Cabbage)”, is the best recognized in Japan.
Gyu-Kaku is the largest Yakiniku restaurant chain in the world and runs more than 700 BBQ Yakiniku restaurants.
Of course, there are some Gyu-Kaku restaurants in my city too where I sometimes enjoy the Yakiniku grill. Every time I go there, I definitely order the Yamitsuki Cabbage salad together with various kinds of meat and vegetables.
The cabbage salad tastes pretty good and I have loved it for a long time, mainly because of the addictive umami taste that comes from aromatic sesame oil and other seasonings including salt. But I don’t know what ingredients, other than sesame oil and salt, are included in the fresh vegetable salad.
The Recipe that Recreates the Taste of Gyu-Kaku
Image and Recipe: cookpad.com
Despite that, a Japanese woman copied the Gyu-Kaku’s addicting cabbage salad, created her own recipe that recreates the addictive taste, and posted the recipe on the popular Japanese recipe site Cookpad.com.
Afterward, her recipe gained great popularity and was inducted into the Cookpad.com Hall of Fame. Lastly, for those who are interested in the addicting cabbage salad recipe, let me translate its instructions into English.
|Salt||1/4 – 1/3 teaspoon|
|Grated Garlic||1/3 teaspoon|
|Kombu (Kelp) Tea Powder||1/2 teaspoon|
|Sesame Oil||2 teaspoons|
|Black Pepper, Sesame Seeds||As you like|
- Cut cabbage coarsely
- Put all the ingredients in a plastic zipper bag
- Mix it up, shaking the bag (but don’t rub the cabbage strongly)
- Ready to eat, Enjoy the addicting cabbage salad!