Recipe video above.
This one is all about the fabulous Asian Dressing and the slaw-type shape of the ingredients. Don't skip the crunchy noodles, they totally make this! Alternative Dressing: standby Asian Sesame Dressing
(keeps for weeks).
1. Light soy sauce is lighter in colour and flavor than ordinary soy sauce. Ordinary soy sauce is fine to use too. Do not use dark or sweet soy sauce.
Sesame oil - use toasted sesame oil (ie dark brown colour, not light yellowy untoasted sesame oil). In Australia, we don't get regular untoasted sesame oil at supermarkets, we only have toasted.
2. Chinese Cabbage is my favourite in this because it's softer than other green cabbages. If you use another green cabbage (or all red cabbage), what I'd do is to toss salad with dressing WITHOUT noodles, leave for 10 minutes to let cabbage soften slightly. Then proceed with recipe.
3. You can buy crunchy fried noodles in the Asian section of supermarkets. I don't even know if you can get them in Asian grocery stores! They are cheap - just over $1 for a packet. You can use any crunchy fried noodles - thick or thin. I use a brand called Chang's (yellow packet).
4. Make ahead: Keep salad, dressing and garnishes separate until ready to serve. Chopped salad keeps for 5 days in an airtight container. Dressing keeps for 2 to 3 days in fridge, if keeping longer, add garlic and ginger before serving. Cooked chicken keeps for 3 days in the fridge - can also be frozen.
5. Nutrition per serving assuming 3 servings, chicken breast and 1/2 cup of crunchy noodles are used.
Originally published June 2015, updated with new photos and video. No change to recipe.