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Flash-Fried Pea Shoots with Garlic

An incredibly simple, easy, and fast stir-fry recipe for tze char style flash-fried pea shoots (dòu miáo 豆苗) with garlic, Chinese style.
Celia Lim
Course: Side Dish, Vegetable
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese
Servings :3 persons
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 2 mins
Total Time: 12 mins
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  • 300 - 350 g pea shoots
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil
  • 3 - 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 3/4 tsp chicken seasoning powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt, or to taste
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Chinese Shaoxing wine (optional)
  • 1 tbsp hot water


  • Snip or break with your fingers, pea shoots into bite-sized segments, roughly 1-inch in length. Wash thoroughly, drain, and set aside.
  • Heat up a wok over high heat. When wok is smoking hot, add oil. When oil is very hot, add chopped garlic and fry for 10 to 15 seconds until fragrant. Add pea shoots all at once, and toss lightly for 20 seconds, then add chicken seasoning, salt, and Chinese wine (optional). Add a little hot water, if you like, (the steam generated when it hits the hot wok will help to quickly cook the pea shoots), and continue to stir fry for 1 minute, or until the shoots are slightly wilted, but still bright green.
  • Transfer to a serving plate or dish, leaving behind some, or most of the juices, if you wish. Serve immediately.
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