Category Archives: Vegetarian

Chard (红厚皮菜) with black mushrooms

Chard is a sturdy, leafy vegetable that comes in various colors. Red chard (红厚皮菜, hóng hòu pí cài), cultivated in southern China, is especially beautiful with deeply green leaves and strikingly red stems. It tastes quite bitter when raw but … Continue reading

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Garlic chives (韭菜) with bean sprouts

Here we have a great recipe for garlic chives (韭菜, jiǔcài), also known as Chinese chives or Chinese leeks. They grow into long, thin shoots with a delicious garlicky taste which pairs well with earthy vegetables or basically any meat. … Continue reading

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Long beans (长豆角) with wood ear mushroom slivers, dried chiles, and Sichuan peppercorns

Long beans (长豆角, zhǎng dòujiǎo), also called yard-long beans or asparagus beans, are a staple in southern China. Thankfully, their popularity is growing worldwide as well. The beans tend to be a bit thinner and softer than the traditional Western … Continue reading

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Stir-fried chicory (菊苣)

Chicory (菊苣, jújù) has only recently arrived in China. Your best bet for finding it is in markets and hotels that cater to Western guests. Still, it’s a tasty herb with a pleasant bitterness that adapts well to traditional Chinese cooking, so … Continue reading

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Grilled zucchini with chili garlic sauce

Vegetables are often done best when they’re done simply. This recipe brings out the fresh taste of zucchini, which is made deeper and richer by grilling and then given a bit of snap with chili sauce. There are many different types … Continue reading

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Green beans with Tianjin preserved vegetable (天津冬菜)

For this recipe, I used thin green beans (actually French haricots verts), which have the diameter but not the length of Chinese long beans. Long beans, also known as yard-long beans (豆角, dòu jiǎo), are ideal for this dish. Long beans have … Continue reading

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Stir-fried spinach with shrimp paste and Thai peppers

Here’s another easy and comforting recipe. I served it alongside a braised pork dish, and the spiciness of the spinach contrasted quite well with the natural sweetness of the pork. Begin with lots of fresh spinach, about a half-pound per … Continue reading

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