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Stir-fried Chive Buds Recipe

Chive Buds

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After a long hiatus from cooking due to my hectic life and schedules, I am back with a healthy, vitamin C-loaded dish. Everyone needs greens and I thought I would share this very special vegetable with you–chive buds.

I love chive buds; they’ve got taste, texture, fiber, and those delicate little buds that are pretty and edible. Chive buds also impart a tint of garlicky and oniony flavors once they are cooked, so I always add multiple ingredients to my stir-fried chive buds…

Stir-fried Chive Buds

For this recipe, I used some straw mushrooms, scallops, and shrimps. Toss in some oyster sauce, sesame oil, Shaoxing wine and you will have a restaurant quality stir-fried dish. Really.

Can you smell the aroma coming out of my picture?

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  1. Claude-Olivier

    Ben voyons…looks astonishing, the last picture with the small white tiny smoke! Perfect! I will not do that since it is just impossible to find these chives…too bad !


  2. pablopabla

    I have this recipe too but the simple no-frills version. If skin of stalk is peeled correctly, the stalk is very sweet indeed. Isn’t this the same as leek flower??

  3. aria

    yes i can smell it! yummmmmmm :) i’ve never seen chive buds at the market, i’ll keep my eyes peeled. Beuatiful pics!

  4. The Expedited Writer

    That looks really simple and refreshing. I really don’t know what these buds looking veggies are called but thanks to you I know now. I keep seeing them in the markets but never tried them before.

    Hmm will try them soonish :)

  5. Rasa Malaysia

    Babe – yes, with tau kua is a great idea. Thanks for sharing.

    Claude – No? It’s OK, you can use some other vegetables and create the same tiny smoke. ;)

    Pablo – I think they are also called leek flowers, but I am not good with names. :P

    Marvin – I got mine from Ranch 99. It’s seasonal I believe because I don’t see them often, but when they are available, I always buy them.

    Aria – Thanks. Yes, please be on the look out for them. ;)

    Amy – thank you!

    Bea – thanks. How do you usually cook your chive buds? I wonder if I could make them into a soup…I think the garlicky and oniony flavors might work well with heavy cream, LOL. I really don’t know. ;)

    Nate 2.0 – no, they are not Beijing-inspired. I have always loved chive buds…been cooking them since I got here to the US about 10 years ago. Hehe.

    Lydia – WOW, you have your chive buds that you could just “pluck” from your herb garden? I am so green with envy, how convenient. I want I want, hehe.

    Expedited Writer – yeah, you should and I hope you will like them as much as I do. :)

    Steamy – me too. It’s hard to cook something with aroma like that, I was busy snapping away when I saw that tiny little smoke coming out of the heap of chive buds. Amazing!

  6. Terri

    Stumbled upon ur blog n I’m just amazed by the pictures-did youreally take them urself??What kind of camera and any tips on taking pics of food? Ur pics are simple, colorful and just awesome!

  7. teckiee

    Ohh so this is chives. I like this but have no idea what it’s called. (…even in any other language)

  8. bayi

    Wow! What a mouth-watering dish!

    I like lots of chives with my char kuih teow.

    For a quick simple dish, taugeh stir-fried with chives is ok for me but it would be better with a taukwa and a sprinkling of salt fish.

  9. Big Boys Oven

    Your chives look so beauty and so lifely like they are flying out of the picture. My compliment to you. Do drop by our new site We will be launching 1stJune2007. Hope to see you there. Well done mate!!!

  10. tigerfish

    Oh, look at that smoke…now I can even see the “aroma” :D

    There are green and white chive buds, right? I remember green buds are usually used to make kuih and the white ones usually to fry prawns and even with noodles.

    Even I ate a lot (delish!) last night, I still can eat this ;p

  11. Diary of Kay El

    Such a lovely post! I like chives especially in lamb salad – stirfry chives (with buds) in the same pan used to sear lamb meat. Serve with the pan seared and slice lamb (well marinated with Maggi seasoning and chopped garlic), roasted beet root slices, chopped roasted walnuts and crumbled feta. Drizzle with dressing of balsamic vinegar/olive oil/garlic/Dijon mustard and a bit of honey.

  12. Oh for the love of food!

    Hi RM! What a coincidence,- I just got a bunch of these today from our local chinese gourmet store. I cook them the way you do too. They are called ‘Kau Choy Far’ in Cantonese. Translated in English literally, it’s called ‘Dog flower vegetable’! Funny isn’t it?

  13. Anonymous

    Can substitute the Shaoxing wine/rice wine with something else or not? OR can I do without the wine at all?

  14. Rasa Malaysia

    Terri – Welcome to Rasa Malaysia. Yes, I took all the pictures myself. When I first started, I used a Canon SD450 Point-and-shoot and it did a great job taking food pictures. Recently, I upgraded to a digital SLR (Canon EOS Rebel XT). I think it’s important to take pictures with as much natural lights as possible, and I use paper cardboards as the backdrop, white serving plates/bowls to draw out the color of the foods. Last but not least, a little post processing does wonders. :)

    Tummy – you are right…they were snaking around…LOL.

    Teckiee – Never mind the name, as long as you know how to pick them out from others. Hehe.

    Bayi – you are a pro. Tau Kua and salted fish…perfect combo for this veggie. :)

    Big Boys Oven – welcome and thanks for your note. I checked out your site…hope to read more soon.

    Tiga – I don’t know about green and white chives…in the US, I only see the green kinds. LOL!

    Diary of KL – Wow, the dish is described sounds fantastic, very 5-star restaurant kind, I will have no idea how to make it. :P

    For the love of food – LOL, dog vegetable flower, that’s too funny. But you are absolutely right, it’s called “kau choy far” in Cantonese.

    Cynthia – thanks. :)

    BSG – Smell good leh? Don’t know name or meaning is OK, as long as smelling good. ;)

    Anonymous – It’s OK if you don’t have shaoxing or rice wine. You can do without it, but adding cooking wine jazz up the taste. :)

  15. terri

    thanx 4 ur tips on food photography; really nice of u to share. carry on with ur wonderful pics and recipes!

  16. Jetset

    Rasa, AMAZING. We made this with fresh chive buds from our garden this evening with shrimp and shiitake mushrooms (no scallops) and it was perfection. I used your secret shrimp preparation tip as well and I think it helped.
    Thanks for a great, refreshing, and delicious meal suggestion. Normally, chives are just a topping for baked potatoes.

  17. csphilip

    This recipe is amazing. My husband woke up still talking about that. Bee you can’t get much better than someone waking up and talking about your meal from last night!! Many thanks for another great recipe. You are the best!

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