Braised Bean Threads with Mushrooms and Cabbage

See the RecipeChristopher Hirsheimer

In China, bean threads—springy, slippery, and bland—are treated more like vegetables than noodles and are used either to add texture to delicate soups or to absorb flavorful juices in basic braised dishes like this one. See Versatile Vessels, for more on sand pots and other Chinese kitchen equipment.