Chinese Broccoli is the perfect healthy side to enjoy for dinner. It has a sweet flavor with juicy stems and is especially tasty when cooked in a garlicky Asian sauce.
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This Chinese Broccoli recipe is one of my go-to Asian dishes. It is healthy, flavorful, and very easy to prepare. All you need is to season the broccoli properly, stir-fry them for about 5 minutes, and you end up with the most delicious side dish.
With summer around the corner, this is the perfect veggie to incorporate with your diet. It has a bitter and sweet note to it, so you can pair it with pretty much any meal. I love to pair the broccoli with oyster sauce and some freshly minced garlic. It gives the veggies a nice aroma and deep flavor.
What is Chinese Broccoli?
Chinese Broccoli also is known as Gai Lan. It is a popular Chinese veggie known for its thick, tender stems and floral-like buds, which makes it look very similar to broccolini. It is basically Chinese kale, and it belongs to the same species as broccoli.
What Are The Health Benefits Of Chinese Broccoli?
These veggies have plenty of nutrients and vitamins, such as Vitamin C, K and A. In addition, they have plenty of fibre and are a good source of folic acid. Like many greens, these veggies help fight cancer and should be incorporated more often in daily meals.
How To Cook Chinese Broccoli?
Making this dish is pretty straight forward.
- The secret to it is to purchase young and fresh veggies which have smaller stalks and dark green leaves.
- Be sure to wash the leaves and, depending on your preference, you can cut the stalks in half lengthwise.
- Next, heat oil in a wok till hot, but not smoking. Add some freshly minced garlic, ginger and cook for a few seconds.
- Add the broccoli and stir-fry for 2-3 minutes or just until slightly wilted.
- Pour in the soy sauce, oyster sauce, and brown sugar, and quickly stir-fry till the broccoli has a nice, crisp texture.
How To Store Leftover Chinese Broccoli?
If you have any leftovers, it is very simple to store and enjoy the following days. Ensure your Chinese Broccoli is completely cooled, then transfer to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. When ready to serve, re-heat the leftover in the microwave for 1-2 minutes.
Chinese Broccoli Recipe Tips:
- If you prefer, you can substitute the sugar with honey or syrup.
- The broccoli can be trimmed and cut 5-6 hours ahead and chilled in a sealed plastic bag.
- For best results, try to go with the freshest chinese broccoli available. Look for dark green leaves, which are small to medium in size. These usually have the best texture and flavor.
- I highly recommend using freshly minced garlic for this dish!
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- ½ teaspoon Chinese spices
- ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
- sesame seeds
- chopped green onions
- Wash the Chinese Broccoli and trim about 1-inch from the ends of the stalk and discard.
- Place a large wok or skillet over medium heat. Add the canola oil and heat it up.
- Once hot, add the garlic and ginger, stir and cook for about 30 seconds.
- Add the Chinese Broccoli stalks, toss and saute for about 3 minutes.
- Add all the sauce ingredients to the pan, stir, toss to combine. Reduce heat to low, cover with a lid and cook for about 5-6 minutes, or until the stalks are tender.
- Before serving, garnish with sesame seeds and chopped green onions if desired.