Chinese Vegetables

Chinese Vegetables

It is still the year of the Dragon.  In China the dragon is the symbol of good fortune and intense power; it is regarded as a divine beast.

chinese vegetables  happy chinese new year

Here is my version of Chinese vegetables to celebrate today.


1/4 lb. carrots, sliced in large pieces
1/4 lb. Chinese Broccoli (Gai Lan) or broccoli cut in large pieces
1/4 lb sugar snap peas de-stringed
1/4 lb. bok choy cut in large pieces
1/2 onion, chopped
1/4 red pepper, sliced (optional)
1/2 – 2 inch piece fresh ginger root, finely chopped (depends how gingery you like it)
1 – 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1/2 cup water
2 – 5 tbsp. soya sauce
2 tbsp. arrowroot or Kuzu*
½ cup water


1.  Sauté ginger and garlic in vegetable oil for 3 minutes on low heat.
2.  Add ½ cup water and vegetables.
3.  Boil lightly with a lid on for 10 minutes, until vegetables are tender but crisp.
4.  Mix arrowroot, soya sauce and 1/2 cup water together.
5.  Add arrowroot and water slowly to the vegetable mixture, stirring constantly.
6.  Boil till clear.
7.  Simmer for a few minutes.
8. Serve with brown rice. 

*this is a healthy substitute for corn starch

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  1. Janie January 26, 2012 at 9:28 am

    I’ve printed the recipe and I will try it. My one concern is the amount of water being added (seems too much) and the length of cook time. If it’s cooked 10 minutes until “tender but crisp” and another half cup of water is added and Item 6 is done “boil till clear”, the vegetables may become too soft. We’ll see.

  2. Diana Herrington January 26, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    Janie, you can use less water and see how it goes; let us know how it works for you. The idea is to have the vegetables in a sauce which gets thickened with the arrowroot and it needs to boil to become clear; should only take a couple of minutes.

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