Sang Lee Farm’s Spicy Asian Cabbage Soup Recipe

Spicy Asian cabbage soup

This Spicy Asian cabbage soup features Napa cabbage and kohlrabi. image: emily roemer

The Sand Lee Farm started in the 30s in Queens, moved to Melville in the 40s and to East Moriches in the 60s. In 1987 Freed Lee, whose father and uncles were the original owners, moved the operation to Peconic on the North Fork with his wife Karen, where it now grows more than 100 varieties of specialty vegetables.

In 2007 the farm was officially certified organic by The Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA-NY). Karen Lee started the retail farm stand for which she developed the Local Lee products—dressings, dips, sauces and soups—in her certified organic kitchen. Farm products are sold at the stand from April through Thanksgiving, at various seasonal markets and through their Farmshare CSA program. All winter, the spicy Asian cabbage soup, which features Napa cabbage and kohlrabi grown on their farm, is available at the Saturday indoor market in Riverhead.

4 cups vegetable broth
3 cups Napa cabbage
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup onion, chopped
3/4 cup kohlrabi, cubed
3/4 cup potato, cubed
1/2 cup carrots, chopped
14oz can diced tomatoes
3/4 tbsp garlic
3/4 tbsp mustard
1 1/2 tbsp lemon
1 dried shiitake mushroom
1/2 tbsp Thai hot sauce


Sauté onion for 5 minutes in 1/4 cup of olive oil in a medium to large pan. Add garlic and sauté 1 minute. Add potatoes, kohlrabi, carrots, Napa cabbage and crumbled shiitake. Cook for 10 minutes. Put all into the vegetable broth. Add tomatoes, mustard and lemon and stir. Add hot sauce and salt and pepper to taste. Continue cooking for another 20 minutes. Serves 6

TIPS: Use tendersweet or savoy cabbage if Napa is unavailable. Use jicama or rutabaga if kohlrabi is unavailable. Use fresh jalapeño peppers or other hot pepper if preferable to hot sauce.

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