Cabbages and Vinegar does not sound appetizing at all but when combined and prepared with lots of love this surprisingly turns out to be something magical. Napa Cabbage Stir Fry with Vinegar Sauce is a simple Chinese side dish of stir-fried Napa Cabbage in a sauce made with Chinkiang vinegar, soy sauce, sugar, dried chili pepper and garlic.
This Northern Chinese classic might not sound appetising at all, just the mere thought of cabbage or vinegar on its own puts off a lot of people. But this combination of spicy tartness with a bit of sweetness makes this side dish a perfect company with any greasy fried and/or grilled dishes that completes your meal while stimulating your appetite. It is a simple stir fry of Napa Cabbage slightly cooked to retain that crunchy crispy texture combined with aromatics and spices like chillies and garlic in a savoury tangy sauce prepared with Chinkiang vinegar, soy sauce. and sugar, this combination will definitely let you crave for more.
When it comes to Chinese dishes we are so used to that simple blanched vegetable greens, sometimes on its own or with oyster sauce. If you are getting tired of that usual fare, I believe it’s time to change and give this vegetable dish a shot.
In a bowl combine the sauce ingredients, mix it well then set aside
Place wok in stove top over medium high heat, add oil then once hot add dried chili peppers, sauté until fragrant and brown in colour. Add ginger, garlic and white parts of spring onions. Sauté for 1 minute.
Put heat on high then add chopped cabbage, leave it there for 30 without stirring, then start to stir fry for 2 minutes or until cabbage starts but wilt but still crunchy.
Stir in the sauce ingredients then cook for a few seconds or until sauce boils and becomes slightly thick.
Stir in the green parts of spring onions, remove from wok immediately then serve while hot.