Chinese-Style Stir-Fried Garlicky Gai-Lan

by | Jan 26, 2021

Living in America, I enjoy visiting Asian grocery stores as they allow me to choose an interesting variety of vegetables. I can stir fry, stew, steam or simply savor them with soups or salads. Recently I discovered the Chinese leafy vegetable Gai Lan, which is similar to broccoli stalks.

I stir-fried Chinese style using fresh garlic and oyster sauce. The best thing about the recipe is that it takes no longer than 10-15 minutes to prepare, and the result is to behold. I serve it with steamed rice but you can pair it with anything else.


  • 6 bunches Gai Lan
  • 4-5 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon ponzu (citrus seasoning)
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 4-5 Thai red chilis, cut into half
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt as needed


In a small bowl, add soy sauce, rice vinegar, cornstarch, ponzu, sugar, oyster sauce, and salt. Whisk together to make a sauce. Set aside.

Heat oil in a skillet over high heat. When the oil is shimmering, add garlic. Fry garlic until it gets fragrant. Then add Gai Lan and gently stir-fry for 2 minutes. Add prepared sauce and chili, cover, then cook for 2 minutes until the Gai Lan has softened. Transfer into a platter and serve with white rice.