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Gailan Stir-Fry in Garlic and Mushroom Sauce

Master this easy and versatile stir-fry in garlic and mushroom sauce. Aside from gailan, you can use bokchoy, yuchoysum, napa cabbage, or mustard greens.

Chinese greens stir-fry in garlic and mushroom sauce is the vegan-friendly version of the classic Chinese stir-fry in oyster sauce. Once you master this super easy stir-fry dish, you will be able to prepare in-season Chinese greens with this recipe. Increasing your plant-based diet cannot be easier, and I’m sure even the children will finish their vegetables. :)

Gailan and garlic for Chinese gailan stir-fry in garlic and mushroom sauce.

Gailan and garlic for Chinese gailan stir-fry in garlic and mushroom sauce.

Gailan and other Chinese greens

This recipe features gailan as the star ingredient, but you can easily use other popular Chinese greens too:

  • baby bokchoy
  • yuchoysum
  • napa cabbage
  • mustard greens
  • broccolini

You can even use vegetables that are usually not used in a Chinese stir-fry dish, such as:

  • broccoli
  • broccoli rabe
  • iceberg lettuce
  • romaine lettuce

All these different vegetables follow more or less the same recipe. The biggest difference would be in cooking time, i.e. the amount of time needed to cook each vegetable to tender, but still crunchy.

Gailan stir-fry in garlic and mushroom sauce.

Gailan stir-fry in garlic and mushroom sauce.

Step 1: Blanch the vegetables

Our goal with this step is to cook the vegetables to al dente, like pasta, except for vegetables. The steps are as follow:

  1. Boil a pot of salted water.
  2. Add 450 gram (1 lb.) of gailan (or your choice of greens), and cook until al dente. If you prefer a tenderer green, feel free to add 1 minute past the al dente point.
  3. Drain with a colander really well. Make sure the vegetables are dry since any excess water will dilute our sauce. You can even use a salad spinner if you have one.
  4. Arrange the well-drained gailan on a serving platter.

Next step, we will prepare the sauce and the fried garlic.

Gailan stir-fry in garlic and mushroom sauce.

Gailan stir-fry in garlic and mushroom sauce.

Step 2: Prepare the mushroom sauce and fry the garlic

For the mushroom sauce, you will need:

  • 3 tablespoon mushroom sauce, sometimes also labeled as vegan/vegetarian oyster sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 3 tablespoon water
  • 12 teaspoon ground white pepper

Let’s make the sauce!

  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Swirl to coat the pan.
  2. Mix together all the sauce ingredients, then pour into the hot pan. Once the sauce boils, pour over the arranged gailan.

Now, let’s make the fried garlic. We will need 4 cloves of garlic and 2 tablespoons of oil.

  1. Heat oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat, and swirl to coat. I usually just use the same pan for making the mushroom sauce.
  2. Add minced garlic and fry until golden brown. Quickly sprinkle the top of the arranged gailan with the fried garlic and oil. Serve immediately.

Gailan Stir-Fry in Garlic and Mushroom Sauce


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Author: Anita Jacobson

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Prep Time: 15 mins

Cook Time: 15 mins

Total Time: 30 mins

Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 450 gram (1 lb.) gailan, washed and cut into 2-inch bite-size pieces
  • 3 tablespoon mushroom sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 3 tablespoon water
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoon oil, divided

Instructions

  1. Blanch the vegetables. Boil a pot of salted water.
  2. Add gailan, and cook until al dente. If you prefer a tenderer green, feel free to add 1 minute past the al dente point.
  3. Drain with a colander really well. Make sure the vegetables are dry since any excess water will dilute our sauce. You can even use a salad spinner if you have one.
  4. Arrange the well-drained gailan on a serving platter.
  5. Prepare the mushroom sauce. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Swirl to coat the pan.
  6. Mix together all the sauce ingredients (mushroom sauce, sugar, water, ground white pepper), then pour into the hot pan. Once the sauce boils, pour over the arranged gailan.
  7. Fry the garlic. Heat oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat, and swirl to coat. I usually just use the same pan for making the mushroom sauce.
  8. Add minced garlic and fry until golden brown. Quickly sprinkle the top of the arranged gailan with the fried garlic and oil. Serve immediately.

Comments

  • Amanda Amanda says:

    Such a great recipe! The garlic adds such wonderful flavor in that tasty mushroom sauce.

  • Jessica Jessica says:

    This mushroom sauce is out of this world! This will definitely become a new favorite for us!

  • kim kim says:

    Love this recipe! It's so easy and tasty! I'll definitely be making again and again!

  • Beth Beth says:

    We have a store downtown that has the best baby bokchoy. Will be making this soon with it!

  • Chris Collins Chris Collins says:

    I love a 30 minute meal and this looks right up my street! Can't wait to try it :)

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