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Scientific name, Brassica rapa subspecies pekinensis and chinensis. These vegetables have many names and many different variations, but wombok is closely related to the more common western cabbage varieties as well as the turnip family.

The Wombok or Chinese cabbage as it is also known was thought to be cultivated in Zhejiang China in the 14th century where it then moved north and was studied by the Ming Dynasty for it’s medicinal qualities. From there it was distributed all over Asia and know the world.

Did you know? That if wombok is stored in ideal conditions wombok will remain edible for up to a month.

Wombok prefers the cooler times of year with plenty of sun in well drained soils. With the great diversity of climates in Australia wombok is produced successfully all year round.

Nutritional information
Wombok are; High in Vitamin A and Vitamin C and are a good source of folate and dietary fibre also containing calcium, iron, and magnesium while being low in fat. Wombok also contains glucosinolates which have been thought to protect against cancer in small doses but can be toxic to human in large quantities.

Wombok is a vegetable with a great range of uses in the kitchen from the traditional kim chi to the crunchy salads served in backyard barbecues across Australia. Wombok can be stored in a plastic bag in the vegetable crisper at the bottom of fridge to lock in the freshness.


  • 1 packet instant noodles
  • 3 teaspoons lime juice
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons sweet chilli sauce
  • 1 cup shredded wombok cabbage
  • 1 carrot, shredded
  • 1/4 cup shredded snowpeas
  • 1 cup chopped barbecue chicken


  1. Place instant noodles (do not add the flavour sachet) in a saucepan of boiling water. Cook according to packet instructions, then drain.
  2. Meanwhile, combine lime juice with sweet chilli sauce in a small bowl and set aside. In a separate bowl, combine wombok, carrot, snowpeas and chicken.
  3. Add the cabbage mixture and sweet chilli mixture to the cooked noodles and toss to combine. Divide among serving plates and serve immediately.

Wikipedia and the Department of Primary industries New South Wales.

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