Choy Sum in Garlic Sauce

 Choy Sum 菜心 with Garlic Sauce
Choy Sum in Garlic Sauce 滑湯菜心

Choy sum (also called choi sum, yu choy, 菜心) is a leafy vegetable, available in Hong Kong, Macao, China, Taiwan and many Asian supermarkets in western countries. Choy sum has delicate sweet flavor, with tender texture. At home or in Chinese restaurants, choy sum is by far the most popular Asian greens in Chinese cuisine. We often see choy sum stir fried or blanched. The stems are the most delicious parts of the vegetable. In Hong Kong, choy sum is also used in congee, soup, noodles, dumplings and buns.

To pick the best choy sum, make sure they are fresh with bright green color, no broken pieces or brown leaves. Stems should be succulent with smooth texture. Check the bottom of the stems, if you see white circles that means they are getting old and tough. If you see brown or dark circles, that means they have been on the shelf too long. Choy sum with lots of blooming yellow flowers generally are not as good as those with little or no flowers. Avoid those with thick stems and big leaves. Always pick the ones with tender leaves and stems, they have the best texture and flavor.

Choy Sum in Garlic Sauce 滑湯菜心 is a very healthy dish because of the wolfberries. You will only see this dish in home kitchens. Blanched choy sum usually flavored with oyster sauce in Chinese restaurants. Wolfberries 杞子 are super good for your eyes and skin. They look like small, pretty hearts that will take care of your health. I call them 愛心杞子.


Choy Sum in Garlic Sauce 滑湯菜心

 Fresh Choy Sum 菜心
Fresh Choy Sum 菜心 Ready for Blanching.
 Simmer the sauce until creamy.
Creamy Sauce with Wolfberries and Garlic.
 Crisp tender choy sum in beautiful sauce.
Crisp Tender Choy Sum in Beautiful Sauce.


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Choy Sum in Garlic Sauce 滑湯菜心

  • Servings: 4 to 5 | Recipe by Leslie at Soups Ahoy
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A fresh, tasty and healthy dish.

Choy Sum in Garlic Sauce 滑湯菜心

1 bunch (16 oz) fresh choy sum 菜心, rinsed, trimmed
1 tablespoon wolfberries, rinsed, drained
2 or 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped or sliced
1 cup low sodium chicken broth, 1/4 cup water
1/2 tablespoon cornstarch, mixed in 2 tablespoons water


Prepare a pot of boiling water, add choy sum (whole), pinch of salt and some oil. Blanch veggie until crisp tender, about 5-10 minutes, drain well, arrange on a plate. While veggie is cooking, prepare the sauce.

Add some oil in a sauce pan on medium heat, add garlic, pinch of of salt. Saute garlic until soft and fragrant, add chicken broth and water, bring to a boil. Add wolfberries, cook 5-6 minutes. Stir in cornstarch mixture, mix with broth. Simmer until creamy, just a few minutes. Pour the sauce and mixture over veggie, serve immediately. We love this simple, healthy dish. It is easy to prepare and tastes delicious.

Tips: Wolfberries are good for your eyes and skin. They add vibrant color and sweet flavor to any dish and soup. Warnings: Don’t use wolfberries if you are currently taking medications. It may create conflicts.


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