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Yu Choy Stir Fry with Ginger

Yu Choy Stir Fry with Ginger

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Have you ever had Yu Choy before? This is another one of those veggie side dishes that’s often on my rotation growing up in an Asian household. It tastes a little similar to baby spinach with a little peppery note and more crunch! If you would like to try making some, this Yu Choy Stir Fry with Ginger recipe is how we make it at my house – easy and yum.

What is Yu Choy?

Yu choy is a very common Chinese green leafy vegetable in China and Taiwan. It’s name in Chinese (油菜) directly translates to “oil vegetable” in English. It is named this because this vegetable is closely related to rapeseed, which is what is used to make canola oil.

Is Yu Choy the same as Chinese broccoli?

No, Yu Choy is not the same vegetable as Chinese broccoli.

If you’ve never had Gai Lan, it’s also known as Chinese Broccoli or Chinese Kale! In Chinese, there’s also several dialects or spellings – so it’s also known as Jie-Lan and Kai-Lan too.

Whatever it is called, it’s a very delicious leafy green veggie and pretty common in Chinese food.

Fun fact! Broccolini is actually a hybrid between broccoli and gai lan.

What does Yu Choy taste like?

Yu choy has a similar taste to baby spinach, but it is a lot more of a crunchy texture. It also actually can also have a subtle bitter and peppery taste.

Where to buy Yu Choy?

You can find Yu Choy in your local Asian supermarket!

How healthy is Yu choy?

This vegetable is a great source of folate and also vitamin B6. It also contains beta-carotene which is an antioxidant that gets converted to vitamin A after yout eat it. It’s also packed with fiber, calcium, and iron!

How to cook Yu Choy?

The way I cook it is with ginger! I feel the ginger goes really well with Yu Choy. Another way I cook Yu Choy is with smashed garlic. Both are delicious. In this recipe – I’m going to show you how to stir fry yu choy with sliced ginger.

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil (or cooking oil of choice)
  • 1 inch of ginger, julienne
  • 1 pound Yu Choy
  • Salt, as desired
Yu Choy, separated by stem vs leaves

Instructions

Cut the Yu Choy greens into 1 to 2 inch sections, and keep the stem section separate from the leafy section.

In a large cooking pan or wok, add oil and ginger. Let it cook for about a minute.

Add the stems to the pan / work first. Stir fry for a minute. The stems take a little longer to cook so that’s why we are cooking them first.

Now, add the leaves and stir fry for another 2 minutes or until all of the yu choy is tender and bright green.

Yu Choy Stir Fry with Ginger

Remove from heat and serve!

Yu Choy Stir Fry with Ginger
Yu Choy Stir Fry with Ginger
Yu Choy Stir Fry with Ginger

Yu Choy Stir Fry with Ginger

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil (or cooking oil of choice)
  • 1 inch of ginger, julienne
  • 1 pound Yu Choy
  • Salt, as desired

Instructions

    1. Cut the Yu Choy greens into 1 to 2 inch sections, and keep the stem section separate from the leafy section.
    2. In a large cooking pan or wok, add oil and ginger. Let it cook for about a minute.
    3. Add the stems to the pan / work first. Stir fry for a minute. The stems take a little longer to cook so that’s why we are cooking them first.
    4. Now, add the leaves and stir fry for another 2 minutes or until all of the yu choy is tender and bright green.
    5. Remove from heat and serve!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 55Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 153mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 3gSugar: 1gProtein: 1g

The nutrition information for this recipe is an approximate total per serving. Please double check the nutrition information for your exact ingredients and brands for more precise nutrition information.

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