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Two plates of Chinese cabbage stir-fry
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Chinese cabbage stir-fry, two ways (手撕包菜)

Hand-torn leaves cooked to a tender-crispy texture, Chinese cabbage stir-fry is simple yet delicious. This recipe shows you two tasty versions.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time2 mins
Total Time7 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: Stir-fry, Vegetables
Servings: 2 servings
Author: Wei Guo


For the vegetarian version

For the sausage version

  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 2 Chinese sausages (Lap cheong), sliced see note 2
  • 1 teaspoon ginger, julienned
  • 250 g cabbage, hand-torn into small pieces see note 1
  • 1 stalk scallions, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoon oyster sauce
  • ½ teaspoon light soy sauce


For the vegetarian version

  • Add cooking oil and Sichuan peppercorns to a cold wok. Sizzle over high heat until fragrant (do not burn). Remove the peppercorns with a spatular.
  • Fry ginger, garlic and dried chillies in the oil briefly then stir in cabbage. 
  • When the cabbage wilts, add soy sauce, black rice vinegar, salt and sugar.
  • Stir fry for a further 20 seconds or so. Dish out and serve warm.

For the sausage version

  • Heat up the wok until it lightly smokes. Pour in oil then add Chinese sausage and ginger.
  • When the sausage slices curl up a little, stir in cabbage and scallions.
  • When the cabbage wilts add oyster sauce and light soy sauce.
  • Stir fry for a further 20 seconds or so. Dish out and serve warm.


1. Taiwanese flat cabbage and sweetheart cabbage are the best choices for this recipe. 
2. If you don’t have Chinese sausage to hand, use pork belly slices instead. Marinate with light soy sauce, Shaoxing rice wine, white pepper, salt and a little cornstarch. Then stir fry the same way.