5 SPICE CHINESE CABBAGE FRITTERS
This is one of my favorite Chinese snacks or tapas! So easy to make, just mix everything in a bowl and fry away. It fills the house with the scent of 5 spice powder, which is made of star anise, cloves, cinnamon, ginger, and ground fennel seeds. A perfect appetizer to a dinner party, make the dough ahead and fry right before the party. Display it on a pretty platter with toothpicks so guests can eat leisurely.
- 1 head finely chopped cabbage
- 1/2 lb ground pork
- 1/2 large onion or 1 medium size onion finely chopped
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1/2 tsp five spice powder (available at any asian supermarket)
- 1 tsp ground black pepper
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp sugar
Mix the ground pork, chopped cabbage, chopped onion, and spices together. Add the egg and mix until egg is well incorporated. Add the flour and mix until a soft dough forms.
Using your hand, form the mixture into 1 tablespoon round balls. In a medium frying pan, pour oil until about 1/2 inch high, let it heat until it bubbles when you drop a few drops of flour. You want it hot so the dough will immediately start to fry in the pan. Drop the balls into the oil and let it fry until brown and crispy on all sides.
Line a plate with paper towel, drop the fried cabbage fritters onto towel to absorb excess oil.