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Stir-Fried Yu Choy Sum With Oyster Sauce And Garlic Recipe

Updated on March 25, 2013
Stir-Fried Choy Sum with Oyster Sauce and Garlic
Stir-Fried Choy Sum with Oyster Sauce and Garlic | Source

Yu Choy Sum is a leafy vegetables from genus Brassica or cabbage family. This green is native to China. Yu Choy Sum also known as cai sim (chai sim) or just choy sum. The name of Choy Sum simply mean "vegetable heart" due to flowering stem. Smaller than bok choy (pak choi) but more tender, delicate, sweet and crisp with beautiful tiny yellow flowers. All part of it is edible. This flowering cabbage is an important ingredient in Chinese cuisine. It's cheap and abundant.

Mostly Chinese do not used to eat raw vegetables, thus Choy Sum is commonly served in stir-fried dishes and soups. Here is the easiest way to prepare Choy Sum: stir-fry it with some garlic and oyster sauce. This dish is very popular in China and Southeast Asian countries with great number of Chinese immigrants such Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam and Thai. Either its on a home cooking menu or restaurant one.

Choy Sum is widely available in Asian grocery but if you are not able to get it then turnip green or mustard green is a good substitute. This stir-fried is very easy, quick and affordable also healthy. If you are replace oyster sauce with "vegetarian oyster sauce", you get a perfect vegetarian dish. Enjoy !.

Fresh Choy Sum
Fresh Choy Sum | Source

What You Need

Serves 2-4


12 stalks choy sum (or about 12 oz)

1 tbsp oyster sace

1/2 tbsp soy sauce

1/2 tbsp chopped garlic

1/8 tsp white ground pepper

2 tbsp vegetable oil

How to Fix

Trim the bottom of the choy sum stalks (about 1/4-inch). Wash and rinse them in cold running water then dries the vegetable in a salad spinner or use some paper towels. If the stalks are too thick then cut them in half lengthwise or smaller diameter than 1/2-inch. If they are too long, you cut the stalks into shorter pieces.

In a small glass bowl, combine the fish sauce and oyster sauce. Stir to combine.

Put a heavy wok or skillet on the stove and preheat over high heat. Then add vegetable oil . When hot, add the garlic and stir-fry until it is fragrant and soft. Throw choy sum in and cook about 30 minutes until they are lightly coated with oil.

Sprinkle on salt and pepper. Continue to cook for about 1 minute or until the leaves are turning bright green and lighly wilted. Then pour in oyster sauce mixture to the wok. Sitr-fry for about 1 minute or until the green is tender but crispy. Transfer to serving plate.

Choy Sum With Oyster Sauce


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      5 years ago

      Thanks for this recipes I cook this 4 time aweek love it

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      6 years ago

      a part of your step is wrong ... you have written "Throw choy sum in and cook about 30 minutes until they are lightly coated with oil."

      i personally think 30 MINUTES for cooking choy sum is wayyyy tooo long. if i'm not mistaken it should be 30 seconds ?

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      7 years ago from USA

      @hush4444: Thanks. Hope you will enjoy it

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      7 years ago from Hawaii

      Yum, I LOVE choy sum - it's my favorite vegetable to order in a Chinese restaurant. I'm bookmarking this recipe.

    • jojokaya profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from USA

      @Beth100: you are welcome.

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      7 years ago from Canada

      This is one of the best staples in my home (now and when growing up). We had a garden, and there was nothing better than fresh Chinese greens! mmmm I'm preparing this tonight for my family, along with a bit of beef and rice. :) Thanks!


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