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Alternative To Savoy Cabbage

Asked by KerryJ. Answered on 16th May 2021

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Any suggestions for substitutes for Savoy cabbage in the Wide Noodles With Lamb Shank In Aromatic Broth? I can’t find Savoy cabbage for sale in South Africa.

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Wide Noodles with Lamb Shank in Aromatic Broth
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Nigella's Wide Noodles With Lamb Shank in Aromatic Broth (from COOK, EAT, REPEAT) is a bowlful of tender lamb in a spiced broth with noodles and shredded Savoy cabbage. Savoy cabbage has deep green, crinkled leaves and is slightly more tender than regular white/green cabbage.

If you can't find Savoy cabbage then Chinese cabbage (also called Napa cabbage or sometimes Nappa cabbage) would be the best alternative. The stems are broader than those of a Savoy cabbage but they are more tender, cook fairly quickly and the cabbage is shredded before cooking which will speed up the cooking time. If you can't find Chinese cabbage then any leafy vegetables that you prefer could be used.

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