One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A cabbagelike Chinese plant 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’.
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