Garlic Stir-Fried Gai Lan

by katerina on February 14, 2013

Garlic Gai Lan

This may not be a dish, or a vegetable you are familiar with but think of it is an opportunity to try something new. Gai lan, sometimes known as kai lan or Chinese broccoli, is a vegetable native to China regularly seen in Chinese recipe. It has leafy greens attached to thick stalks and is excellent for stir-frying.

Garlic Gai Lan

One of the ways I try to justify eating out for dim sum or Chinese is by always ordering a vegetable side dish and one of my favorites is garlic gai lan, which it turns out is very easy to replicate at home. If you can’t find gai lan, try substituting broccoli or whole leaf spinach, just adjust the cooking times.

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Garlic Stir-Fried Gai Lan

(serves 2-4)

1 lb bunch gai lan
2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
1 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup chicken or vegetable stock
1 tablespoon Chinese cooking wine
1 teaspoon cornstarch (mixed with 1 tablespoon water)
1 tablespoon vegetable oil

Trim the woody ends off of the gai lan and wash thoroughly. Chop the garlic. In a small bowl stir together the sugar, white pepper, salt, chicken stock and cooking wine. In a very small bowl fork together the water and the cornstarch.

Heat a wok, or cast iron pan to medium high heat. Add the oil and swirl to coat the pan. When the oil smokes add the gai lan and then the garlic. Stir fry for 5 minutes, or until leaves are wilted and stalks are about to soften.

Stir in the broth and spice mixture and bring to a boil. Part the gai lan so you can find a spot of broth, stir furiously and slow pour in the cornstarch mixture. Give it a minute to thicken and continue tossing the sauce with the vegetable to coat. Taste and season with salt and white pepper if needed. Serve hot.


Prep Time: 5 minutes | Cooking Time: 10 minutes | Total Time:15 minutes
Calories(approximate per serving): 75



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n2grafx February 14, 2013 at 9:41 pm

Another excellent recipe, thank you. I want to try this method tonight! Going shopping at the Asian grocery. Love your word-smithing “stir furiously”, it gives a vivid mental image and a big smile. Perfect!

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katerina February 15, 2013 at 5:49 pm

Did you make it? Did your stir furiously!? :)

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Jessica February 25, 2013 at 4:55 pm

This looks delicious, I’m always trying to find new vegetables to cook for dinner and anything with garlic is fantastic!

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