Seconds Please! White Stew with Napa Cabbage and Turnip

Seconds Please! White Stew with Napa Cabbage and Turnip

My mom who usually is a small eater, asked for seconds!
I was so surprised!! It made me happy though!

Ingredients: 4 plates' worth

Chicken thigh meat
Napa cabbage
4 medium
Turnip greens (the soft part)
a little
1 clove
400 ml
Cake flour
3 tablespoons
Vegetable oil
1 tablespoon
1 tablespoon
as needed


1. Separate the napa cabbage into greens and core, and cut each into large pieces. Cut off the greens from turnips, peel and quarter. Thinly slice the mushrooms. Crush the garlic.
2. Parboil the turnip greens and cut into easy-to-eat sizes. I also recommend parboiling the cabbage leaves at this point, so it retains its color better.
3. Cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces and season with salt. Coat with 1 tablespoon of water (not listed) and rub well. The meat will soften this way.
4. In a pot, layer the cabbage core, turnips, and cabbage greens from bottom to top in this order. Pour enough water to cover about the bottom half, and turn the heat to high. Once it reaches a boil, reduce to low heat. Once the veggies start to turn translucent, turn off the heat.
5. Add vegetable oil and garlic in a frying pan, and saute over low heat. Once fragrant, cook the chicken and mushrooms over medium heat.
6. Once the chicken is cooked through after about 6 minutes of sautéing, add butter, and sprinkle as if coating the chicken with flour. Stir well while being careful not to let it brown.
7. Pour in a little bit of milk, stir and once it's incorporated, pour in a bit of milk again... repeat this process and thin out the sauce.
8. Once it starts to thicken, pour the stew into the pot containing the veggies and cook over low heat.
9. Add the parboiled turnip greens, season with salt and it's done. To finish, drop a pat of butter, or sprinkle coarsely ground pepper if you like.
10. If you microwave the flour, it won't be floury and makes this easier to cook. Please refer to Step 1 in Recipe ID: 1395695.

Story Behind this Recipe

Veggies like napa cabbage and turnips increase their sweetness when the weather gets chilly.
I also like the hearty stew with potatoes, carrots, and onions, but made this instead with seasonal winter ingredients.