Spicy Stir-fry Chinese Cabbage

Woman wearing striped apron using wooden spatula to stir fry
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  • 10 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins,
  • Cook: 5 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Chile paste adds heat to this stir-fry with Chinese cabbage (also called Napa Cabbage or by its Chinese name, Sui Choy) and green onions.

What You'll Need

  • 1 pound Chinese Cabbage (also called Napa Cabbage or Sui Choy)
  • 1 large garlic clove
  • 2 green onion (spring onions)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil (or peanut oil, for stir-frying)
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons chile paste (according to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon Chinese rice wine (or dry sherry or white wine)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • Optional: 1 to 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch (mixed in 4 teaspoons water)

How to Make It

  1. Rinse the cabbage and pat dry. Remove the leaves and cut diagonally into 1-inch pieces. Finely chop the garlic. Rinse the green onion and cut into 1-inch lengths.
  2. Heat the wok and add 2 tablespoons oil. When the oil is hot, add the chile paste. Stir-fry for 30 seconds, then add the garlic. Stir-fry for a few seconds until fragrant, and then add the cabbage.
  3. Stir-fry the cabbage for 1 minute, splashing with the rice wine or dry sherry and stirring in the salt.
  1. Add the water. Turn down the heat, cover, and simmer the cabbage for 3 minutes.
  2. Turn the heat back to medium-high. Stir in the sugar and green onion. Stir in the soy sauce if desired.
  3. Push the cabbage to the sides of the wok. Give the cornstarch and water mixture a quick stir and add it in the middle, stirring quickly to thicken. Cook briefly to mix everything together. Serve hot.
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 149
Total Fat 7 g
Saturated Fat 0 g
Unsaturated Fat 5 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 177 mg
Carbohydrates 18 g
Dietary Fiber 1 g
Protein 4 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)