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The Hirshon Dim Sum Chinese Broccoli – 芥蘭

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Units Scale
  • For the gai lan:
  • 1lb gai lan (chinese broccoli)
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 garlic clove, sliced
  • 1 inch ginger (1 inch piece, peeled)
  • For the sauce:
  • 6 large garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1/2 tsp cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp chicken stock
  • 3 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp Shaoxing rice wine
  • 1/2 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil (or canola or peanut)
  • 1/2 tsp sugar


  1. Gai Lan: Rinse gai lan and trim the end of the stems. Bring eight cups of water to a boil in a large saucepan or stock pot.
  2. Stir in salt, baking soda, garlic and ginger. Add gai lan. Cover and simmer about 4 minutes, until the gai lan turns bright green and is tender-crisp. Drain.
  3. In a large wok or pan (large enough to hold all stalks), heat the cooking oil over medium heat. When the oil is just starting to get hot (the garlic should sizzle upon contact) add the whole garlic cloves and let them fry until golden brown on all sides.
  4. Be careful not to burn the garlic, you just want to toast them – if the garlic starts turning dark brown, turn the heat to low. Toasting the garlic should take about 2 minutes.
  5. Turn the heat to high and add the ginger, fry for 30 seconds. Add the gai lan stalks and use your spatula to scoop up the oil so that every stalk has been bathed with the ginger/garlic-infused oil for 30 seconds.
  6. Remove the gai lan to a plate, leaving any remaining stock mixture in the wok. Stack the Chinese broccoli together and cut into 4″/10cm lengths and stack on top of each other.
  7. To the wok, add the oyster sauce, soy sauce, shaoxing, sugar, stock/cornstarch mixture and sesame oil and thicken over high heat for 1 minute. Pour the sauce mixture over the gai lan and serve.
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  • Calories: 139.16 kcal
  • Sugar: 2.72 g
  • Sodium: 806.52 mg
  • Fat: 8.18 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.63 g
  • Trans Fat: 0.05 g
  • Carbohydrates: 13.74 g
  • Fiber: 3.25 g
  • Protein: 4.29 g
  • Cholesterol: 0.22 mg

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