Krpice sa zeljem (Vietnamese Style)


Krpice sa zeljem (Vietnamese Style)

Vietnamese-Inspired Cabbage Noodles

In Vietnamese cuisine, fresh and vibrant flavors are key. This adapted recipe takes the traditional Croatian dish, Krpice sa zeljem, and infuses it with the aromatic and balanced flavors of Vietnamese cuisine. The result is a delightful fusion of textures and tastes that will transport you to the streets of Hanoi.

Jan Dec

15 minutes

10 minutes

25 minutes

4 servings


Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Nut-free, Low calorie, Low fat

Fish (fish sauce)

Vegan, Vegetarian, Paleo, Keto, High protein


While the original Krpice sa zeljem is a hearty dish made with cabbage and pasta, this Vietnamese adaptation incorporates Vietnamese ingredients and flavors. The dish is lightened up with the addition of fresh herbs, lime juice, and fish sauce, giving it a refreshing and tangy twist. We alse have the original recipe for Krpice sa zeljem, so you can check it out.


  • Calories (kcal / KJ): 250 kcal / 1046 KJ
  • Fat (total, saturated): 8g, 1g
  • Carbohydrates (total, sugars): 38g, 4g
  • Protein: 5g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Salt: 2g


  1. 1.
    Cook the rice noodles according to package instructions. Drain and set aside.
  2. 2.
    Heat the vegetable oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic, and sauté until fragrant.
  3. 3.
    Add the cabbage and carrot to the pan, and cook until they start to soften.
  4. 4.
    In a small bowl, whisk together the fish sauce, soy sauce, lime juice, sugar, and black pepper. Pour the sauce over the vegetables in the pan, and stir to combine.
  5. 5.
    Add the cooked rice noodles to the pan, and toss everything together until well coated in the sauce.
  6. 6.
    Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes, until the noodles are heated through.
  7. 7.
    Remove from heat and garnish with fresh herbs.
  8. 8.
    Serve hot and enjoy!

Treat your ingredients with care...

  • Rice noodles — Cook the rice noodles according to the package instructions, but make sure not to overcook them as they can become mushy. Rinse them with cold water after cooking to prevent sticking.
  • Fish sauce — Use a good quality fish sauce for the best flavor. If you prefer a vegetarian option, you can substitute soy sauce or tamari.

Tips & Tricks

  • For added crunch, you can sprinkle some crushed peanuts or fried shallots on top before serving.
  • Customize the dish by adding other vegetables such as bell peppers or bean sprouts.
  • If you prefer a spicier version, add some sliced chili peppers or a drizzle of sriracha sauce.
  • To make it a complete meal, you can add some cooked shrimp, chicken, or tofu.
  • Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat gently in a pan or microwave before serving.

Serving advice

Serve the Vietnamese-Inspired Cabbage Noodles hot as a main dish. Garnish with fresh herbs and a squeeze of lime juice for an extra burst of flavor.

Presentation advice

For an appealing presentation, arrange the noodles on a plate and top with a generous amount of fresh herbs. Serve with lime wedges on the side for squeezing over the dish.