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Stir Fry Gai Lan

Another vegetable dish you asked? Yes! I have always been the type of daughter who listens to her Mama, especially when it comes to easy and sound advice. It’s only been a few days but just by eating less rice and more vegetable, I already feel better. Maybe it’s all in my head, but my middle area seems a little flatter also, that’s very encouraging! I know I’ve posted stir fry Chinese Broccoli recipes from last year, but they always involved additional meats or protein, this one is just a straight forward vegetable dish, and man was it good!

1 pound of Chinese broccoli (Gai Lan)
1 1/2 tablespoons cooking oil
3 whole garlic cloves, minced
1/3 cup vegetable stock
1 tablespoon Chinese rice wine (or dry sherry)
1/4 teaspoon sugar
1 inch of fresh ginger, cut into 1/8″ coins and smashed with side of cleaver
3 tablespoons oyster sauce
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil

To wash the gai lan, trim 1-inch from the ends of stalk and discard. In large wok or pan (large enough to hold all stalks), heat just 1 tablespoon of the cooking oil over medium heat. When the oil is just starting to get hot (the garlic should sizzle upon contact) add the minced garlic and stir frequently. While the garlic is toasting, in a small bowl mix the stock, wine and sugar and set aside.

Turn the heat to high and add the ginger, fry for 30 seconds. Add the gai lan stalks and use your spatula to scoop up the oil so that every stalk has been bathed with the ginger/garlic-infused oil for 30 seconds.

Pour the stock mixture into the wok and immediately cover the wok with a tight fitting lid. Turn the heat to medium and let the vegetable steam for 3-4 minutes, until stalks can be easily pierced with a paring knife or fork.

Remove the gai lan to a plate, leaving any remaining stock mixture in the wok. If you want, pick out and discard the ginger coins. To the wok, add the oyster sauce and sesame oil and bubble and thicken on high for 1 minute. Pour the sauce mixture over the gai lan and serve.

Recipe from Steaming Kitchen

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Comments on: "Stir Fry Gai Lan" (9)

  1. Jeno, f you knew how many time I had this vegetable in my hands and hesitated??? I have never dared buying it, but it has always been so tempting… and now you post this recipe!! It looks fabulous and healthy! I will remember it next time I see the Chinese brocoli.

    • Sissi, gai lan is actually one of my favorite vegi, hopefully you will find this recipe as yummy as my family! :)

  2. Gai lan is also one of my family’s fav veggie and we always stir-fry with lean meat. :)
    What I’ll do is to separate the leaves and the stalks then peel off the outer layer of ‘skin’ of the stalks and smashed it with a chopper/knife. This is done so that the thick stalks will cook faster (you need to stir-fry the stalks about2-3mins first then add in the leaves) and it’s easier to chew and more tastier too! :D

    • That’s a good idea Lyn, I don’t enjoy taking the skin of the stalk off while cleaning the gai lan, because it’s a long and hideous process…

      • Actually I love peeling those skin off the stalks of gai lan, broccoli & cauliflower! I find that it’s fun! lol :P
        You can just skip this step and go ahead smashing them will do. :)

  3. Don’t even talk about middle area.. i have cut down on my rice .. hardly eat desserts and yet it’s not getting back to that flat shape it used to be! That dish looks so healthy and yet so delicious.

    • Kankana, I mostly just tell myself my husband loves me no matter what shape I am (no matter whether he agrees with that statement or not), Hahahah! We are fabulous and they are lucky to have us! :)

  4. This looks so healthy and delicious. Love it.

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