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These Oysters with General Tso’s Cabbage and Furikake from chef Sam Talbot of Pretty Southern, is a fun, delicious twist on an old favorite—and on oysters, too. The crunchy deep-fried cabbage is dressed in an umami-rich sauce with sweet, sour, and spicy notes from pineapple juice, lemon juice, honey, and chili vinegar, then topped with freshly shucked oysters for a briny, minerally contrast. The furikake garnish is a traditional Japanese mix of sesame seeds, seaweed, salt, and sugar, as well as some sort of dried fish, often bonito, which is sprinkled over rice, vegetables, and other dishes for an extra boost of sweet-savory flavor. If you can find a version made with shrimp (which may be labeled “ebi” furikake), use that in this recipe. Also, Blue Point oysters are the chef’s choice, but you should choose the freshest oysters you can find in your area. If you’re not up for deep-frying cabbage, the oysters, sauce, and furikake make elegant appetizers on their own. Get Sam’s Pimento Mac and Cheese recipe, and read more about his Southern food philosophy.