Sunday, 19 January 2014

Baby Kailan in Oyster Sauce

Kailan, a member of the broccoli family is a leafy vegetable that is common in Chinese cuisine both in restaurants and home cooking. The baby kailan, is considered an indulgence as the younger crop is both more tender and tastier than its older harvest (therefore more expensive too!). Stir-frying in oyster sauce is one of many simple ways of preparing these greens.


400g baby kalian
1/2 onion, chopped
2-3 garlic cloves, finely minced
1 tablespoon oyster sauce
White pepper powder to taste

Prepare the greens by removing the flowers off the tops and halving them lengthwise. Wash these  thoroughly. Sauté the onion and garlic in a dessertspoon of cooking oil for 1 minute. Add the kailan to the frying ingredients and turn the heat to high. Add the oyster sauce and stir for 3-4 minutes. The vegetable should still retain its crunch when eaten, so don't overcook it. Serve as a side dish with rice and meat or other vegetable dishes.

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