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Ewe Chye – Blanched Vegetables

Blanched Vegetables

This is a super easy and cheap dish.  A dish that is so simple and that I would normally do when I am short of time.

It goes well with rice and another protein dish to make a balanced meal.

Ewe Chye means ‘ Oiled Vegetables’ in the Hokkien Dialect.  This simply means that you add oil and some flavouring to the vegetables.

You can use any green vegetables like broccoli, cos or little gem lettuce, spinach, Chinese mustard leaves, or pak choy.

If you have made the garlic crisps and oil in my earlier recipe, then this should come in handy.

Here is the recipe:

Serves:   4-6
Level:     Dead Easy
Cost:       £
Time:     10 mins prepare, 5 mins to cook,


1 head Broccoli –     approx 300 g – cut into florets
1 Medium carrot –  cut in slices cross wise
6 Mushrooms-         cut into half or quarters if large
1 ½ tbsp                      Vegetarian stir fry sauce
1 tsp Corn flour –      mixed with 1 tbsp water

Garlic crisps and oil
White pepper powder
Hot Water
Sesame oil (optional)

You can use a pot or wok/kuali to prepare this.


1. Bring a pot of water- enough to cover the vegetables, to a boil.
2. Add in the carrots and simmer for 1 minute.
3. Add in the broccoli florets and blanched for 1 to 1 1/2  minutes, turning it thoroughly.
4. Add in the mushrooms, if used, and leave for another 1 minute.
5. Drain and set aside.

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6. Discard the water and retain about 80 ml of the water.
7. Place the pot on the heat and add in the stir fry sauce. Mix to combine.
8. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat.
9. Thicken with the cornstarch mixture. You need not use all of it.
10. Switch off the fire and tip the blanched vegetables into the pot and stir to coat the vegetable.
11. Dish out and sprinkle 1 teaspoon of the garlic oil and crisps.
12. Sprinkle with a few drops of sesame oil if you wish, and add a dash of white pepper powder before serving.

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Blanched Broccoli with Carrots and Mushrooms. This dish is vegetarian

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  3. nigel mcgowan says:

    Sounds nice but what is the the stir fry sauce

    1. Penang Lassie says:

      Hello Nigel,
      The sauce is a ready-made sauce for Stir Fries. You can find it in the sauce section in Chinese Supermarkets. There are several brands but I like Lee Kam Kee brand the most. If you do not have stir fry sauce, you can use oyster sauce. It is a bit salty so do add a pinch of sugar to the sauce.
      Happy cooking.


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