Sauteed Pea Shoots with Garlic
Qing Chao Dou Miao 清朝豆苗
Snow pea shoots (dou miao, also called dau miu, dou miao, wan dou) are a lovely vegetable that you can stir fry simply with oil and garlic. I was looking for a little protein in my dish so I tossed in a few cubes of tofu, as well, though you can omit that.
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 2-3 large handfuls snow pea shoots, rough stems chopped off
- vegetable oil for frying
- 1/2 block medium firm tofu
- splash of chicken broth
- splash of cooking wine
- salt to taste
- First for the tofu: put the block of tofu on a cutting board, place a folded paper towel on top of it and weigh it down with something like a bowl to remove excess water. After 5 - 10 mins, chop into blocks.
- Bring a wok to medium heat, add oil, heat, then fry the tofu until they're golden. Set aside.
- Into the wok, add more oil if necessary and heat. When the oil is hot, toss in minced garlic, stirring quickly to flavor the oil. Cook for 15 seconds or so. Don't burn the garlic!
- Toss in the snow pea shoots and stir quickly so that they're evenly covered with the garlic / oil. After they wilt slightly, splash in a bit of cooking wine and some chicken broth. Stir around until they're cooked but still fresh looking - depending on your heat, another 1/2 minute to a minute or so. Salt to taste.
- You can serve as a vegetable side dish along with other dishes and rice. (I simply added tofu to this dish, and ate it alone with rice).
Serving Size: 2-3
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Preparation Time: 15 minutes