Hot-Sour Cabbage and Noodle Stir Fry

    18 min

    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.

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    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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