There are different types of Chinese cabbage. It is known by its scientific name Brassica pekinensis, but the most common name associated with Chinese cabbage is Napa cabbage or sugar leaves.
1. Chinese Cabbage Soup
Ingredients: Chinese cabbage, 3 cups chicken broth, 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes, 2 teaspoons soya sauce, 2 teaspoons oil and 1 garlic clove
Cooking Steps: Boil the chicken broth in a medium saucepan. Stir in red chilli flakes, soy sauce, oil, and chopped garlic. Add the Chinese cabbage and simmer for 10 minutes, until the cabbage turns dark green and is tender.
2. Chinese Cabbage Fry
Ingredients: Chinese cabbage, garlic clove, green onion, 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, 2 to 3 teaspoons chile paste, 1 tablespoon Chinese rice wine, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 cup water, and 1 teaspoon sugar
Cooking Steps: Heat the pan and add 2 tablespoons of oil. When the oil is hot, add chilli paste to it. Stir-fry chilli paste in the oil for around 30 seconds, and then add garlic. Stir for a few seconds until fragrant and then add cabbage. Fry the cabbage for 1 minute, sprinkle with rice wine or dry sherry and stir in salt. Add water. Heat, cover, and simmer cabbage for 3 minutes. Press the cabbage on the sides of the pan. Give the cornstarch and water mixture a quick stir and add it in the middle, to thicken quickly. Cook for a little while to mix everything together.