Blanched Chinese Broccoli With Oyster Sauce Recipe

Blanched broccoli with oyster sauce
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  • 15 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins,
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yield: 3-4
Ratings

Oyster sauce nicely complements the slightly bittersweet taste of Chinese broccoli (gai-lan). Blanching turns Chinese broccoli a beautiful jade green, but you can use regular broccoli if it's not available. Serves 3 to 4.

What You'll Need

  • 10 ounces Chinese broccoli (gai-lan)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 slice ginger (about 1/2-inch thick)
  • Sauce:
  • 3 tablespoons chicken broth or water
  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Chinese rice wine or dry sherry
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar

How to Make It

  1. Wash the Chinese broccoli. Cut off the ends if not already trimmed and cut into bite-sized pieces (about 2 inches long).
  2. In a large saucepan, add enough water to cover the broccoli. Add the salt, baking soda and ginger. Bring to a boil.
  3. While waiting for the water to boil, prepare the sauce. Combine the chicken broth or water, oyster sauce, rice wine or dry sherry and sugar. Bring to a boil in a small saucepan. Turn the heat down and keep warm while blanching the broccoli.
  1. Add the Chinese broccoli to the boiling water. Cook until the stalks are tender but crisp (3 - 4 minutes). Rinse in cold running water. Drain.
  2. Pour the sauce over the broccoli. Serve immediately.

More Chinese Broccoli Recipes

Chinese Broccoli With Oyster Sauce - in this recipe the broccoli is cooked in the wok and with sauce added in the final stages of cooking.
Bean Curd With Chinese Broccoli - a filling and nutritious dish combining broccoli, tofu, pork, and Chinese fermented (salted) black beans.