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Chinese Broccoli


20 min

Chinese Broccoli

Chinese Broccoli Photo 1


20 min


4 persons




4.00 rating-star (74)


Author: Victoria Bailey
This is my favorite creation that combines Asian flavors with this wonderful veggie.


  • Gai Lan (Chinese broccoli), trimmed: 1 bunch
  • white sugar: 2 Tbsp
  • cornstarch: 1 Tbsp
  • soy sauce: 2 Tbsp
  • rice vinegar: 1 Tbsp
  • sesame oil: 1 Tbsp
  • hoisin sauce: 3 Tbsp
  • minced fresh ginger root: 1 tsp
  • garlic, minced: 2 clove

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Stages of cooking

  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add the Chinese broccoli and cook uncovered until just tender, about 4 minutes. Drain and set aside.
    Chinese Broccoli Photo 2
  2. Meanwhile, whisk the sugar, cornstarch, soy sauce, vinegar, sesame oil, hoisin sauce, ginger, and garlic together in a small saucepan over medium heat until thickened and no longer cloudy, 5 to 7 minutes. Toss the broccoli in the sauce and serve.
    Chinese Broccoli Photo 3

History of Chinese Broccoli:

Gai Lan, commonly known as Chinese broccoli, is a leafy vegetable that originated in China. It is a favorite vegetable in Chinese cuisine and has been enjoyed for centuries. Chinese broccoli is a nutritional powerhouse and is high in vitamins A and C, fiber, and calcium. It has a slightly bitter taste and a crunchy texture that makes it a perfect addition to stir-fries, soups, and salads.

Tips and Tricks for Chinese Broccoli Recipe:

  1. When selecting Chinese broccoli, look for bright green leaves and firm stems. Avoid any broccoli that is wilted or has yellowing leaves.
  2. To trim Chinese broccoli, remove the bottom inch of the stem and then peel the tough outer layer from the stem using a vegetable peeler.
  3. It is important to blanch the Chinese broccoli before tossing it in the sauce. Blanching removes the bitterness and ensures that the broccoli is cooked evenly.
  4. When making the sauce, stir continuously to avoid lumps and make sure to cook it until it thickens and becomes glossy.

Tips for presenting the dish:

Chinese broccoli with hoisin sauce makes an excellent side dish that complements any Asian-inspired meal. Serve it on a platter and garnish with sesame seeds and sliced green onions. For an elegant presentation, arrange the broccoli in a circle and drizzle the sauce over the top. Alternatively, you can serve this dish in individual bowls, topped with sliced almonds or chopped peanuts for some added crunch.

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