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Stir-fried Cabbage

Stir-fried Cabbage Recipe

The cabbage used in this recipe is the round head type (aka Beijing Cabbage/高丽菜/卷心菜/gaolicai) and not the longish type aka napa cabbage. Cabbage, when cooked right (not too raw and not overcooked) has a natural sweetness and mild crunch. It is a really healthy and delicious side-dish to complement any Chinese home-cooked meal.


  • 1 tbsp dried shrimps (heibi/虾米)
  • 1/3 cup hot water
  • 1.5 tbsp cooking oil
  • 3 slices ginger sliced to thin strips
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 4 fresh shiitake mushrooms ends trimmed & discarded; caps sliced thinly
  • 250 grams or half a head cabbage sliced to 2-cm width
  • 1/2 carrot peeled and thinly shredded
  • 2-3 stalks spring onions (green part only) sliced to 5-cm length
  • 1-2 tbsp Shaoxing wine

(A) Sauce

  • dried shrimps soaking water
  • 1/2 tsp light soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 dashes white pepper powder to taste


  1. Rinse dried shrimps and soak them with 1/3 cup hot water in a small bowl until softened. Drain the dried shrimps, setting aside the soaking water. Pat dry the shrimps with kitchen towel.
  2. Heat oil in wok; stir fry ginger and dried shrimps until the latter is fragrant. Add garlic and stir fry for about 30 seconds.
  3. Add mushrooms. Stir fry for 1 minute, or until they start to soften.
  4. Add cabbage and stir fry until they start to soften. Add sauce (A). Stir to coat everything evenly in the sauce, cover with lid and allow to simmer on low heat for about 2 minutes.
  5. Add carrot, spring onions and cooking wine. Stir-fry briefly to toss the ingredients evenly together. Serve with steamed rice.

Noob Cook Tip

If you have ready chicken or vegetable stock (or you may also cheat with chicken cube), you can use that in place of Sauce (A).

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19 comments on “Stir-fried Cabbage”

  1. I detested stir-fried cabbage when I was a kid due to a strong smell. But now since becoming a mom myself, cabbage becomes my favourite veggie. I will definitely try out your recipe. Looks healthy and simple to whip up!

  2. Delicious and simple dish that I love!

  3. Love cabbage for its sweetness and crunchiness. This is a yummy dish.

  4. It was yummy! My husband loved it. Thanks for the recipe:)

  5. Hi I’ve been using your recipes and most turned out good. Thank you. On stir fry, can you share tips on how to keep the meat tender if you fry them with vegetables?

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