Chinese Broccoli in Oyster Sauce

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Here is the second recipe in our Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration series. Another quick and easy recipe that is often cooked in our household.  Great to have as a side dish.  And equally tasty on its own, especially if you add chicken, beef or shrimp .  I usually add a lot more ginger and slice them instead of mincing because my husband likes ginger a lot.  And of course,  the chili pepper or sambal oelek is optional.  Always add the oyster sauce at the end when you are ready to serve. Check out the Thai noodle dish I posted a while back incorporating this crunchy, tasty vegetable.

Ingredients:

  • one bunch Chinese broccoli (gai lan), washed and sliced diagonally separating hard stems from leaves (about 2 – 3 cups when sliced)
  • 3 – 5  cloves garlic, minced or mashed
  • 2 one inch slices of fresh ginger (or more) , sliced in strips or minced
  • 1 tbs soy sauce or fish sauce
  • 1 tbs sambal oelek (or you can use 1 tsp crushed red chili peppers)
  • 2 tbs oyster sauce
  • 1 tbs sesame oil

Directions:

  1. Heat oil in wok or saute pan.
  2. Add garlic, stirring light brown (this should take only seconds) then add sambal oelek and soy sauce (or fish sauce).
  3. Add chinese broccoli stems first,  stirring for 3 minutes then add the leaves. Stir until leaves are wilted but still bright green.
  4. Add oyster sauce, stir and remove from heat.  Serve immediately.

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