Krpice sa zeljem (Chinese Style)


Krpice sa zeljem (Chinese Style)

Savory Noodle Stir-Fry with Cabbage

In Chinese cuisine, noodles are a staple and stir-frying is a popular cooking technique. This adapted recipe takes inspiration from the Croatian dish "Krpice sa zeljem" and transforms it into a flavorful Chinese-style noodle stir-fry. The combination of tender noodles, crunchy cabbage, and savory seasonings creates a delicious and satisfying dish.

Jan Dec

15 minutes

10 minutes

25 minutes

4 servings


Vegetarian, Vegan (if oyster sauce is substituted with a vegan alternative), Dairy-free, Nut-free, Egg-free

Soy (in soy sauce and oyster sauce)

Gluten-free (unless using gluten-free noodles and soy sauce), Paleo, Keto, Low-carb, High-protein


While the original Croatian dish uses homemade pasta and traditional European flavors, this Chinese adaptation replaces the pasta with Chinese noodles and incorporates typical Chinese seasonings and cooking techniques. The result is a fusion of flavors that combines the essence of both cuisines. We alse have the original recipe for Krpice sa zeljem, so you can check it out.


  • Calories: 320 kcal / 1340 kJ
  • Fat: 10g (Saturated Fat: 1g)
  • Carbohydrates: 50g (Sugar: 5g)
  • Protein: 8g
  • Fiber: 5g
  • Salt: 2g


  1. 1.
    Cook the Chinese noodles according to the package instructions. Drain and set aside.
  2. 2.
    Heat vegetable oil in a wok or large skillet over medium heat.
  3. 3.
    Add minced garlic and sliced onion to the wok. Stir-fry for 1-2 minutes until fragrant.
  4. 4.
    Add julienned carrot and sliced cabbage to the wok. Stir-fry for 3-4 minutes until the vegetables are slightly tender.
  5. 5.
    In a small bowl, mix together soy sauce, oyster sauce, sesame oil, white pepper, and a pinch of salt.
  6. 6.
    Pour the sauce mixture over the vegetables in the wok. Stir-fry for an additional 2 minutes to coat the vegetables evenly.
  7. 7.
    Add the cooked Chinese noodles to the wok. Toss and stir-fry for 2-3 minutes until the noodles are well-coated with the sauce and heated through.
  8. 8.
    Taste and adjust the seasoning with salt if needed.
  9. 9.
    Remove from heat and serve hot.

Treat your ingredients with care...

  • Chinese noodles — Cook the noodles according to the package instructions, but make sure not to overcook them as they should remain slightly chewy.
  • Oyster sauce — If you prefer a vegetarian or vegan version, substitute the oyster sauce with a vegetarian oyster sauce or hoisin sauce for a similar flavor.
  • White pepper — White pepper adds a unique flavor to Chinese dishes. If you don't have white pepper, you can substitute it with black pepper, although the taste will be slightly different.
  • Sesame oil — Use toasted sesame oil for a more intense flavor. A little goes a long way, so use it sparingly.

Tips & Tricks

  • To add more protein to the dish, you can include tofu, sliced chicken, or shrimp.
  • Feel free to add other vegetables such as bell peppers, mushrooms, or snow peas for extra flavor and texture.
  • For a spicier version, add a teaspoon of chili sauce or crushed red pepper flakes.
  • Garnish the dish with chopped green onions or cilantro for a fresh and vibrant touch.
  • Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Serving advice

Serve the Chinese-style Krpice sa zeljem hot as a main course. It can be enjoyed on its own or paired with a side dish or salad for a complete meal.

Presentation advice

For an appealing presentation, garnish the dish with a sprinkle of sesame seeds and a few cilantro leaves. Serve it in a colorful bowl or on a decorative plate to enhance the visual appeal.