Napa Cabbage & Carrots with Rice Wine-Oyster Sauce

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Napa Cabbage & Carrots with Rice Wine-Oyster Sauce

In northern China, napa (also known as Chinese cabbage) is popular in the winter. It is delicious in soups, dumplings, braises and of course stir-fries. Napa is much sweeter and more tender than green cabbage, resembling Savoy cabbage, which can be substituted.

Yield: 4 servings, about 1/2 cup each
Active Time: 20
Total Time: 20


  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced shallot, (1 large)
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 4 cups thinly sliced napa cabbage, (about 8 ounces)
  • 1 cup thinly sliced carrot, (1 large)
  • Rice Wine-Oyster Sauce, (recipe follows)
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil


Heat a 14-inch flat-bottomed wok or large skillet over high heat until a bead of water vaporizes within 1 to 2 seconds of contact. Swirl canola oil into the pan, add shallot and garlic and stir-fry for 10 seconds. Add cabbage and carrot and stir-fry until the cabbage just begins to wilt, about 1 minute. Stir Rice Wine-Oyster Sauce and swirl it into the pan; cook for 30 seconds. Stir-fry until the cabbage and carrot are tender-crisp, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in sesame oil. Serve immediately.

Tips & Notes

  • Make Ahead Tip: Prep the cabbage up to 4 hours ahead
  • Shao Hsing (or Shaoxing) is a seasoned rice wine. It is available in most Asian specialty markets and some larger supermarkets in the Asian section. If unavailable, dry sherry is an acceptable substitute.

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Nutrition Per Serving

calories 119
fat 8 g (1 g sat, 5 g mono)
cholesterol 0 mg
carbohydrates 9 g
protein 2 g
fiber 2 g
sodium 235 mg
potassium 142 mg

Nutrition Bonus Vitamin A (130% daily value), Vitamin C (45% dv).

Carbohydrate Serving

Exchanges 2 vegetable, 1 1/2 fat

From EatingWell February/March 2005