Hot-Sour Cabbage and Noodle Stir Fry

Hot-Sour Cabbage and Noodle Stir Fry


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About this recipe: This is a traditional northern China dish. Chinese leaf cabbage is stir-fried with bean thread vermicelli in a hot, spicy and sour sauce. It's the perfect winter dish to be served all year round.


Makes: 3 - 4 servings

  • 1 whole Chinese leaf cabbage, cut into strips
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 (2cm) piece ginger, grated
  • 1 spring onion, chopped
  • 2-4 dried chillies, finely chopped
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tablespoon black vinegar
  • soy sauce to taste
  • 1 small packet bean thread vermicelli, soaked until soft and drained

Prep:10min  ›  Cook:8min  ›  Ready in:18min 

  1. Blanch the cabbage in boiling water for 30 seconds, drain.
  2. Pour the oil into a wok and heat until very hot. Stir-fry the ginger, spring onion and chillies until fragrant, about 2 minutes.
  3. Add the cabbage and salt and stir-fry for 2 minutes or until soft.
  4. Stir in the vinegar and soy sauce, cover and cook for 1 minute.
  5. Add the bean thread vermicelli and stir. If the noodles are too long, cut them with scissors or the edge of a fish slice.
  6. Adjust the seasonings according to taste and cook for 1 minute more. Serve immediately.


Chinese black vinegar and bean thread vermicelli (also known as cellophane noodles) can be purchased in Chinese/Oriental speciality shops or online.

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