The monthly challenge for July is Kohlrabi.Kohlrabi

It is so cute the way my daughter (now 27 months old) says “coal-wabby”.  Her enthusiasm for my monthly challenge has really been wonderful.  We use the new fruits or vegetables to do some sensory exploration and talk about different attributes of them, increasing her vocabulary and language skills.

We tried Kohlrabi as chips & pickled.  Homemade chips are a great way for children to experience new vegetables if they are particularly fond of crunchy textures.

Golden Beetroot, Candy Striped Beetroot and Kohlrabii sliced ready for baking into chips

Golden Beetroot, Candy Striped Beetroot and Kohlrabii sliced ready for baking into chips

Chips in beautiful winter hues

Chips in beautiful winter hues

Pickled in an asian style slaw was perfect for a few different applications
1) in a Vietnamese roll for a variation of a Bahn Mi
2) in Rice paper rolls with oyster sauce flavoured pork mince, bean shoots & fresh coriander

Kohlrabi Cooking: Rice Paper Rolls by Play with Food

Pork Mince, Bean Shoots, Asian Style Slaw & Fresh Coriander

Asian Style Carrot, Beet & Kohlrabi Slaw
Prep time
Total time
This is a versatile recipe for making Asian style pickled vegetables for use in a variety of dishes or as a side dish.
Recipe type: Salad
Cuisine: Asian
Serves: 1 cup
  • 1 cup of julienne cut raw vegetables - carrot, beetroot & Kohlrabi
  • 1 cup of water
  • 2 tbsp caster sugar
  • 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp salt
  1. In a bowl, combine the water, caster sugar, rice wine vinegar and salt
  2. Whisk these until the sugar has completely dissolved
  3. Add the julienne cut raw vegetables
  4. Soak for at least 30 minutes


My toddler was not a fan of the texture of the rice paper roll but loved the pickled slaw.  Making rice paper rolls with a toddler is not a stress free event so I’d recommend saving this for a lazy Saturday afternoon.  Or use the pickled slaw in a mid-week dinner of bahn mi by filling a Vietnamese roll with some slaw, marinated chicken pieces and fresh cos lettuce.

Happy Eating!


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