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Alien food

Kohlrabi has become something of a culinary oddity, but it is a cheap and ecologically friendly food that provides great versatility in the kitchen

By Ian Bartholomew  /  Contributing reporter

Recipe: Kohlrabi Slaw (serves four)


1 medium sized kohlrabi

150g carrot, grated

100g red cabbage, roughly chopped

50g brown onion, finely sliced

1/2 tbsp cider vinegar

1 tbsp sugar

Generous pinch each of salt and pepper

Basil leaves, chopped

1/2 cup homemade mayonnaise

(In this age of the electrical whisk and food processor, there is really no excuse for not making your own mayonnaise. Sore arms and split emulations are a thing of the past and minimal care is now required to produce a luscious mayo without a host of stabilizers and preservatives.)


1. Quarter the kohlrabi bulb and cut away the thick outer skin. Roughly grate and set aside.

2. Lightly salt the onion and cabbage in separate bowls. Allow to stand for about 20 minutes until they begin to express liquid. Squeeze dry.

3. Place all the ingredients together in a bowl and mix well. Adjust seasonings. Chill for two hours and serve.

Ian Bartholomew runs Ian’s Table, a small guesthouse in Hualien. He has lived in Taiwan for many years writing about the food scene and has decided that until you look at farming, you know nothing about the food you eat. He can be contacted at

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