A Delicious Way To Enhance The Taste Of Your Chinese Broccoli Recipe

chinese broccoli recipe

This Chinese broccoli recipe is one of my favorites. It’s full of vitamins, antioxidants and it tastes great! In addition, this low calorie, low fat, high fiber recipe keeps you healthy and it is easy to make too! I like to use sesame oil as part of my cooking oil mixture for this recipe because it has lots of nutrients and helps to reduce bad cholesterol levels.

Chinese broccoli comes from the gai lan mushroom, also known as long bean. This type of mushroom is cultivated mainly in China and Southeastern Asia. You’ll find this variety on the grocery shelves in different colors but most commonly you’ll see red, gray or yellow and sometimes white in small pieces. You might be able to find red and white gai lan in stores in your area or look for fresh gai lan at Chinese restaurants.

Cut Into 2-Inch Pieces

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You’ll need Chinese broccoli stems, cut into 2-inch pieces. Add broccoli stems to a pot full of boiling water and stir until water has been absorbed. Place the cut pieces of broccoli in a single layer, add a couple of garlic cloves, some sesame oil and honey. Bring to a boil and turn the heat to medium low. Let the mixture cook for about five minutes.

When it looks soft and brown, remove the whole piece of broccoli and place it in a food processor or blender. Add the gai lan and garlic together and process until smooth. Add the reserved cooking oil and mix until smooth. Taste and adjust any changes for nutrition.

Using A Wooden Spoon

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Heat a wok or large frying pan and place half a cup of cooking oil in the center. Using a wooden spoon, stir fry the wok ingredients, stirring constantly until clear liquid comes out from the sides. Add the broccoli and garlic stalks and saute until golden brown and then turn over and continue to cook, stirring constantly.

When the broccoli is almost fully cooked, add the reserved cooking oil and stir to combine. Cover the sauce until it reduces in volume but remains a deep color. Add the ginger and sesame seeds and stir again, this time allowing the mixture to cook thoroughly. Scrape off any excess gan cai or cooking oil and add to the sauce. Let the mixture cool and taste.

Add More Cooking Oil And Stir To Combine

If you find that there are still bits of raw garlic left, add more cooking oil and stir to combine. Cover the sauce and allow it to reduce in volume. Add the grated ginger and garlic cloves and continue to simmer until the ginger becomes translucent. When done, remove from heat and strain into small bowls. Add the cooled marinated meat and any vegetables you enjoyed during the meal.

Serve with carrot cakes and Mandarin oranges to enhance the flavor. You can serve this with Chinese vegetable sticks as well. This is easily prepared and there is little preparation involved. The key to success with this Chinese broccoli stalks and stock mixture recipe is to have a little bit of patience and not to over cook the mixture.

A Smaller Serving Size

Typically the leaves of the stalk are left on the heat for about ten minutes so they begin to soften. It will then be ready to use. Typically, two cups is all that is needed but if you are not as generous, you can cut that up into a smaller serving size. You can also substitute soy sauce for oyster sauce if you would like.

To enhance the sweetness, you can add some sesame oil and stir. Then add the ginger, garlic and sesame oil and cover for a couple of minutes so the flavors can meld together. Then serve with your favorite Chinese vegetable stick.

Final Words

Most people would use a wok or deep fry pan to heat the mix. However, a traditional Chinese stovetop is a much better alternative. First, it will give you the opportunity to stir your ingredients constantly. Second, you won’t be using as much oil. If you choose, you can also add in sesame oil and oyster sauce. To accompany your Chinese broccoli stalks and stock mixture, you could also heat some tasty vegetables. For instance, cauliflower should be added. You can also add radishes, peas, mushrooms, and small pieces of lean beef or pork. Keep in mind that these additions can be made ahead of time and kept in the refrigerator until you need them.

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