Wok-fried pea shoots show us how a brief fling in the wok with a little garlic and sesame oil is all that’s needed to coax delicate pea shoots to tender, aromatic perfection.
LC Greens Galore Note
Author Pat Tanumihardja notes in her book that “this cooking method can be used for many vegetables, from bok choy to tatsoi to Chinese flowering cabbage (choy sum). For vegetables with thicker stems or ribs, separate the leaves and stems and add the stems first as they require a longer cooking time.” Okay, then. Sautéed greens all year round it is!
Wok-Fried Pea Shoots
- Quick Glance
- 15 M
- 15 M
- Serves 4 to 6
Trim the ends of the pea shoots as well as any tough stems.
Heat a large wok or skillet over medium heat. Swirl in the oil and heat until it starts to shimmer. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, 15 to 30 seconds. Increase the heat to high, throw in the pea shoots, and toss to coat evenly with the oil and garlic and keep tossing until the leaves are just barely wilted, 1 to 1 1/2 minutes.
Add the stock and soy sauce and toss until the liquid has reduced to a few tablespoons and the shoots are tender and bright green, another 1 to 2 minutes. Drizzle with sesame oil and serve immediately.
Recipe Testers' Reviews
This fried pea shoots recipe was simple and very tasty; an excellent side dish for any Asian meal.
I picked up some pea tendrils at my local farmers market and was debating what to do with them. Then I stumbled upon this easy recipe and knew I had to make it. It was tasty and a cinch to make. Coincidentally, a friend had long ago loaned me this very cookbook, which has been collecting dust on my bookshelf, and I’m now looking forward to sitting down and going through it.