Stir-Fried Spiced Cabbage (La-Pai-Ts'ai)

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 3 mins

This is an easy stir-fried vegetable dish that can be prepared ahead. My DH and I love its flavor and the cayenne pepper gives it a nice "kick"! Originally from the Time-Life Foods of the World Series, The Cooking of China.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. With a sharp knife, trim the top leaves of the cabbage and wash them.
  2. Cut the cabbage into 1 by 2 inch pieces.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the sugar,vinegar,soy sauce,salt, and cayenne pepper and mix thoroughly.
  4. Heat a wok or large frying pan over high heat for about 30 seconds.
  5. Pour in the oil, swirl it in the pan, and heat for about another 30 seconds.
  6. Turn the heat down to moderate, add the cabbage, and stir-fry for 2-3 minutes.
  7. Make sure all the cabbage is coated with the oil.
  8. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the soy-vinegar mixture.
  9. Transfer the cabbage to a serving platter and let cool to lukewarm before serving.
  10. May be served chilled, if you prefer.


Most Helpful

This was pretty easy to make but it really didn't have enough flavor for me. It was peppery hot but just no flavor. Cabbage doesn't have much flavor I guess, so it might have been my expectations. Thank you for posting, Leslie!

Chef Katfairykats January 27, 2007

Great! Only had half-lb of cabbage, but made full sauce. Spices were well balanced, but intense, in part because I had less cabbage. That said, it was delicious. More of a salsa or chutney, but great with Barbequed Pork - Chinese Style, #60559 (also from Leslie) Thanks, Diane

dianegrapegrower November 08, 2006

Simple and tasty, two of my favourite things. To provide contrast, I added toasted black sesame seeds; in place of the cayenne, I used a good dollop of garli-chili paste, and also omitted the salt. A quick drizzle of toasted sesame oil at the end tidied everything up nicely. This will be a regular- thanks!

s'kat August 29, 2005

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