Definition of napa cabbage in US English:

napa cabbage


North American
  • A variety of Chinese cabbage whose long, white leaves are used in salads and cooking.

    • ‘Spicy Thai lettuce wraps with tamarind chili sauce, mango, napa cabbage, ginger and cashews.’
    • ‘When it comes to bok choy, napa cabbage, mungbean sprouts, snow peas, litchis and kumquats, you no longer have to make a trip to Chinatown.’
    • ‘For the napa cabbage, melt the butter in a large, heavy sauté pan, over medium heat.’
    • ‘The wrapping is do-it-yourself - the lettuce is actually napa cabbage, the filling is a bowl of noodles stir-fried in peanut sauce with peanuts, green peppers and onion.’


Napa from Japanese nappa ‘(leaves of) brassica’.


napa cabbage