CHINESE BROCCOLI IN GARLIC SAUCE

I love Chinese broccoli. I adore its crunchy texture and garlic-and-oyster sauce flavor. Bitter, flavorful, and goes with everything. This is perfect!

Dad always put so much garlic in this dish when he made it at home that he would literally sweat garlic the next day. This is a very strong memory from when I was a child.
Garlic tastes good and is good for your health, so the more you use, the better, but you might not have many guests the next day.

How does the Chinese broccoli look?

Finding Chinese broccoli can be a bit of an adventure if you don’t usually shop at an Asian grocery store. The leaves can look a lot like those of ong choy, choy sum, bok choy, and tatsoi, which are also leafy greens. On my first two trips, I went back and forth between the aisles, comparing one vegetable to another, until I gave up and asked for help.

What to look for:

dark green leaves that look a bit like kale and thick stems. Like broccoli, Chinese broccoli has flower heads, but they are much smaller and hidden in the leaves.
If you are still unsure, just ask someone. If you ask for gai lan in Mandarin, someone will show you where to find it.

TO MAKE THIS CHINESE BROCCOLI 🥦 YOU’LL NEED THE FOLLOWING INGREDIENTS :

  • 1 tbsp groundnut oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 400g (14oz) gai lan (Chinese broccoli) or Tenderstem broccoli, stems chopped and leaves separated
  • 1 onion, cut into strips
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp white pepper
  • ½ tsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp Chinese rice wine
  • 2 tbsp oyster sauce (or vegetarian oyster sauce)
  • ½ tbsp dark soy sauce
  • ½ tbsp light soy sauce
  • 120ml (½ cup) vegetable stock
  • 1 tbsp cornflour (cornstarch) mixed with 2 tbsp water
  • ½ tsp sesame oil

HOW TO MAKE CHINESE BROCCOLI IN GARLIC SAUCE?

  1. Put the oil and garlic in a wok over medium-high heat and fry for
  2. 15 seconds, until fragrant. Stir-fry the broccoli stems and onion for
  3. After 2 minutes, add the broccoli leaves and cook for another minute.
  4. Add the rest of the ingredients, except for the cornflour and water mixture.
  5. sesame oil) and heat until boiling. When the sauce starts to boil, slowly pour the
  6. Stir the cornstarch mixture into the sauce to make it thicker.
  7. Take the pan off the heat, add the sesame oil, and serve right away.

What to Serve with Chinese Broccoli:

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