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Chinese Greens Stir-Fried with Soy Sauce and Ginger

Once you’ve mastered the art of stir-frying; cooking enough so that vegetables aren’t raw, but not too much so that they lose their crunch – you can use the technique on lots and lots of different sorts of leafy greens, and experiment with your flavours. This recipe is a good start. If you don’t have all the leafy greens listed below, simply substitute with any Asian greens from your garden.

Season: Winter/Spring
Serves: 30 tastes in the classroom or 6 at home
Fresh from the garden: broccoli, choy sum, garlic, pak choy.

Equipment: metric measuring spoon, clean tea towel, chopping board, cook’s knife, vegetable peeler, wok, wooden spoon or wok sang.

Ingredients:
1 large or 2 small heads of broccoli
1 tbsp sunflower oil
4 cm knob of ginger
2 garlic cloves (finely chopped)
1 tbsp sesame oil
3 heads of pak choy (roughly chopped)
3 heads of choy sum (roughly chopped)
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp water

Method:
Prepare all of the ingredients based on the instructions in the ingredients list. Chop the broccoli into small florets. Peel the broccoli stalk and slice it finely. Heat the sunflower oil in the wok, add the ginger and garlic and gently fry until soft. Add all of the broccoli along with the sesame oil, and cook for 2 minutes. Add the greens and soy sauce, plus a little water, and keep turning the greens until they are wilted. Serve with steamed rice or Basic Egg Noodles and Roti bread.

The Chinese Greens Stir-Fried with Soy Sauce and Ginger recipe is thanks to the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation www.kitchengardenfoundation.org.au