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Best Chinese Broccoli aka Gai Lan Two Ways I’m a food blog

I love gai lan, aka Chinese broccoli.

As a Chinese, it is essentially an everyday vegetable. Most Chinese dishes at home consist of two or three dishes served with rice, and almost always one of the vegetable dishes will inevitably be gai lan.

It is most often sautéed in garlic or quickly blanched and served with an oyster sauce. Like broccoli, it’s incredibly versatile and filling – you can substitute it anywhere you have broccoli or kale.

What is Chinese broccoli

Gai lan, kai lan, Chinese broccoli, or Chinese cabbage, is a green leafy vegetable with thick stems and small florets. It belongs to the cabbage group and tastes like broccoli.

If you’ve had broccolini, it’s very similar as broccolini is a hybrid between broccoli and gai lan. Gai lan is truly one of the most popular Chinese vegetable dishes.

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How to choose gai lan

There are two types of gai lan: regular and baby. The regular gai lan is bigger, older and a bit more resilient. Baby gai lan is more tender and young. Sometimes you will see baby gai lan called mini gai lan or gai lan junior. I almost always choose to buy baby gai lan when I see it because it tends to be more tender and flavorful than the regular one.

Gai lan doesn’t have a season because it’s available year round, which is probably why it’s so popular. Gai lan is available in all Asian grocery stores and sometimes even in regular grocery stores. When choosing clusters of gai lan, look for deep green stems without an abundance of leaves or yellow flowers (gai lan begins to bloom when old).

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How to prepare gai lan

It’s super easy to make the gai lan, all you have to do is wash and cut. Give it a good soak and wash, then cut off the stems. That’s it!

How to cook Chinese broccoli

There are two basic methods of cooking gai lan: sautéed and blanched. Usually, sautéed gai lan is prepared with a light garlic sauce and blanched is served with an oyster sauce.

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Chinese broccoli with garlic sauce

  1. Prepare the sauce: In a small bowl, whisk together soy sauce, cornstarch, chicken broth (or water), toasted sesame oil and shaoxing wine.
  2. Sauté the garlic and ginger: Heat a little oil in a wok or large skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and ginger and cook, stirring, until tender but not golden.
  3. Cook the gai lan: Add the gai lan to the pan and cook, 2 to 4 minutes, stirring occasionally, until bright green and tender.
  4. Sauce it: Add the prepared sauce to the pan and cook until the sauce thickens a little. Remove from the pan and enjoy!

Chinese broccoli with oyster sauce

  1. Prepare the sauce: In a small saucepan, add a little oil and cook the garlic and ginger until tender but not golden. Stir in the oyster sauce, Shaoxing wine and toasted sesame oil. Remove from heat and reserve.
  2. Cook the gai lan: Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add a drizzle of oil and a pinch of salt to the pan. Add the gailan and cook, 2 to 4 minutes, until bright green and tender.
  3. To serve: Drain well and serve with the sauce drizzled on top.

What is oyster sauce?

Oyster sauce is a thick salty sauce with a hint of sweet caramel and umami. It can be found in the Asian aisle of any grocery store. If you see the Lee Kum Kee bottle with the two people in boats, go for this one. It is the premium oyster sauce that lists oysters as the first ingredient, unlike the one with the red panda label which has the oysters listed further down the list.

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What to serve with Chinese broccoli

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Chinese broccoli recipe

How to Make Perfect Chinese Broccoli aka Gai Lan in Two Ways

Serves 2

Preparation time 5 minutes

Cooking time 5 minutes

Total time ten minutes

  • 1 kg gay lan cut, aka Chinese broccoli
  • 1 tablespoon neutral oil
  • 2 cloves Garlic chopped
  • 2 teaspoon Ginger grated

Garlic sauce

  • 1/3 Chopped off chicken stock preferably low sodium, or stock of choice
  • 2 teaspoon soya sauce
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon Shaoxing wine optional but highly recommended
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil

oyster sauce

  • 2 oyster sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Shaoxing wine optional but highly recommended
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil

Gai Lan stir-fry with garlic sauce

  • In a small bowl, whisk together the chicken broth (or water or vegetable sauce), soy sauce, cornstarch, Shaoxing wine and toasted sesame oil. Put aside.

  • In a wok or large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and ginger and cook, stirring, until tender but not golden.

  • Increase the heat to medium-high and add the gai lan to the pan and cook, stirring occasionally, until the gai lan is bright green and tender, about 2 to 4 minutes depending on size.

  • Add the prepared sauce to the pan and simmer and reduce slightly.

Gai Lan blanched with oyster sauce

The oyster sauce version has 100 mg more sodium and 1 g more carbohydrate (sugar) per serving than listed, otherwise the estimated nutrition is the same for both versions.

Nutritional Intakes

Chinese broccoli recipe

Quantity per serving

Calories 160
Calories from Fat 94

% Daily Value *

Large 10.4 g16%

Saturated fat 1.2 g8%

Cholesterol 0.01 mg0%

Sodium 358 mg16%

Potassium 71 mg2%

Carbohydrates 10.7 g4%

Fiber 5.2 g22%

Sugar 2.9g3%

Protein 3.8 g8%

Calcium 632 mg63%

* Percent Daily Values ​​are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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