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Chinese Greens (Yu Choy) Stir Fry Recipe

Jaden Hair
These delicious Chinese Greens cook simply and quickly. This way the delicate greens are not swimming in salty or sweet sauce, where you can't taste the vegetable at all. When the Yu Choy is fresh, you don't even need salt or sugar - the chicken broth will add enough saltiness. So Good!

Prep Time 3 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 8 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 4 servings
Calories 52 kcal


  • 1 pound Chinese greens called yu choy, cut into 3-inch lengths
  • 4 -6 cloves garlic whole
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1/4 cup vegetable or chicken broth


  • Heat the oil in your wok until hot. Turn the heat to medium. Add the garlic cloves to the oil and fry until the cloves are golden brown (but not burnt!). This will flavor the oil.
  • Add the Yu Choy, stir so that each stalk gets a light coating of the garlic-flavored oil. Add the chicken broth and immediately cover. Let the vegetable steam for 3 1/2 minutes until tender. The Yu Choy should still be bright green, the stalks should be soft and still have a nice bite to it.


Notes: When cooking fresh vegetables like this, the heat of your wok should stay at medium to medium-high. If the heat is too hot, the broth may evaporate too quickly and your vegetables may burn. To low, and your vegetables will cook too slowly and you will lose your bright green coloring of the vegetable. You can cook other vegetables the same way, just adjust the amount of broth you add accordingly. Thicker stems need more broth and more steam time. If you are like me, and you love to eat soft, tender, mild garlic cloves, you can add more cloves. Because they are toasted in the oil and then cooked with the vegetables, the garlic turns into a sweet nugget of flavor without the sting of minced garlic.


Calories: 52kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 2gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 88mgPotassium: 195mgSugar: 1gVitamin A: 1319IUVitamin C: 27mgCalcium: 17mgIron: 1mg
Keyword chinese greens, vegetarian stir fry, yu choy
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