Blanched lettuce with garlic crisps and oil
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Easy Chinese Blanched Vegetables

The Chinese have a way of preparing vegetables and blanching the vegetables is one of the easiest and finest way of cooking it.

This recipe is suitable for vegans and omnis as well.  It is a dish that most of us Chinese make as a quick and easy dish. I always make this


when I am short of time and mostly when I am not short of time! It is just so easy. Most of my dinner guests love it. It is also featured in the Friday Take Away meals, and it never fails to please.

So here is the secret to simple tasty vegetables.

I hope you like it.

Do not forget to make the garlic crisps and oil!


Let me know how it goes if you tried it.

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Penang Lassie

Easy Chinese Blanched Vegetable

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. I f you have made the garlic crisps and oil in my earlier recipe, then this should come in handy.
Prep Time6 minutes
Cook Time6 minutes
Total Time12 minutes
Course: Dinner, lunch, Side Dish
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese, Malaysian, Nyonya
Keyword: bok choi, cos, Easy, easy recipe, letuce, oyster sause, vegan,, vegetarian sauce
Servings: 4
Author: Penang Lassie
Cost: £1.50


  • A pan
  • sieve
  • Colander
  • Tongs


  • 1-2 heads Firm/ crunchy lettuce like cos, romaine, liitle gem broccoli or bok choi is good too
  • 2 tbsp Vegetarian stir fry sauce / oyster sauce
  • 2 tsp Corn flour mixed with 2 tbsp water
  • 3-4 tsp Garlic crisps and oil
  • White pepper powder
  • Sesame oil optional


  • Bring a pot of water- enough to cover the vegetables, to a boil.
  • Add in the washed and drained lettuce.
  • Blanched for 1 to 1 1/2 minutes, turning it thoroughly.
  • Drain and set aside.
  • Discard the blanching water

Make the sauce

  • Add in 80 to 100 ml of water to the pan, depending on the amount of vegetables you have
  • Add the vegetarian stir fried sauce or the oyster sauce. Stir to mix
  • Mix the cornflour and the water together and set aside
  • When the sauce solution comes to a boil, thicken it with the cornstarch solution.
  • You may not need to use all of it.
  • When the sauce is cooked, add in the vegetables to coat with the sauce.
  • Switch off the fire.
  • Continue to turn and coat the vegetables, then dish out to a serving dish.
  • If the vegetables are long, you can cut it with a pair of scissors so it is easy to eat.
  • Garnish with a swirl of light soy sauce and sesame oil.
  • Drizzle the garlic crips and oil over and finish with a shake of white pepper powder.
  • Serve with another protein dish to get a balanced meal.


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