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Restaurant-style Chinese Greens with Oyster Sauce Recipe

Chinese Greens with Oyster Sauce
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I have been asked too many times how to make a simple Chinese greens dish ala Chinese restaurant style…so here it is, the secrets, tips, and recipe to make all your vegetables taste and picture perfect, just like top Chinese/Cantonese chefs do.

Chinese greens with oyster sauce is an easy dish to prepare but not many can make it right. I have seen too many overcooked vegetable dishes served—at homes and even at restaurants. Once you grasp the basic techniques and skills of making this dish, you can pretty much cook any vegetables or Chinese greens you want—choy sum, kai lan (Chinese mustard greens), bok choy/baby bok choy, or any green leafy vegetables.

Without further ado, I unveil the following secrets, tips and tricks after the jump….

Rasa Malaysia’s Guide to Making Restaurant-style Chinese Greens with Oyster Sauce:

  1. Buy fresh vegetables – select the freshest greens available in your market. Such as the baby bok choy shown in my pictures.
  2. Use garlic oil – I use a lot of garlic oil in my Chinese recipes. It adds a lot of depth to simple dishes and infuses the veggie with garlicky flavor and aroma.
  3. Use cooking oil wisely – Add a drop or two cooking oil into the water before blanching the vegetables. The cooking oil coats the vegetables so they look fresh and green, not purple.
  4. Don’t kill your vegetables, they are already dead! – Don’t overcook your vegetables by leaving them too long in the boiling water. Perfectly blanched vegetables should be somewhat crunchy, not limp and wilted.
  5. Discard excess water from the vegetables before plating/serving – Drain the water from the vegetables so it doesn’t dilute the sauce. Excess water in the vegetables will make your vegetable dish watery.

Now that you have the chops, complete your Chinese meals with a plate of fresh, green, and delectable Chinese greens. Trust me, vegetables never look or tasted this good from now on. :)


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50 COMMENTS... read them below or add one

  1. Hazza

    Great tip! I look fwd to trying it soon. I normally just blanch veg and add oyster sauce straight from bottle …my preference is Amoy brand.

  2. Mochachocolata Rita

    ehmmmm…so happen, i kinda like my veggie a bit overcooked opppsss…i love kai lan, and i dunno why i am not a big fan of choy sum

  3. Indonesia-Eats

    Bee, after blanching and draining I usually put the vegetables in a bowl with ice cubes, to stop cooking process itself

  4. Zen Chef

    I know, sometimes things that look easy are a bit tricky to make.
    You’re the master of the wok! No question about that.

  5. Ling

    this is the most basic chinese dish, so easy to make yet so nice! One dish that I will cook when I am hungry and lazy!

  6. Nilmandra

    My favourite vegetable cooked this way is kailan. We tend to use shallot oil rather than garlic oil at home, but both add lovely flavours. Garlic is less fussy to peel than shallots though!

  7. Katy

    sounds so delicious! i had pak choi from the farmer’s market a month or two ago and roasted it with olive oil — i will try this next time!

  8. bruleeblog

    My mom taught me the “oil in the water” trick just last week when she cooked up a bunch of fresh gai lan. I never knew her secret until recently!

  9. Anonymous

    Thanks for the simple recipe. How do I make garlic oil? Fry the garlic in oil and store up in oil? Or soak chopped garlic in oil?

  10. delacour

    I don’t like to boil my veggies, so I usually steam them. It works best with soft veggies such as the bok choy. That’s how I normally prepare this dish.

  11. Alex

    this chinese greens with oyster sauce looks so good. i will try making it using you chinese greens with oyster sauce recipe.

  12. shekin

    Love this recipe and thanks for the great tips. Made it last night and turned out to be exactly like I wanted. Green still crunchy and sauce is yummy. Thanks again!!!!(7 Sep 08)

  13. Anonymous

    Nice recipe, now I can do the asian greens in ‘restaurant style’.

    My 5 min asian green recipe is usually: Heat oil and add crushed garlic until aromatic, then add the green veggies, oyster sauce, a little soy sauce and sugar.

    But now, I can do your style if I have dinner parties or cooking for the in-laws, to make it more presentable.

  14. Gary

    Great recipe, I do a dish similar to this but use a little rice flour to replace the sugar, and add a bit of crab broil to the cool water when dissolving the flour. This enhances the Oyster flavor and adds a bit of sweet thickness to the sauce. Very Chinese restaurant-style in my opinion.

  15. Emile

    So simple and yet so effective. I cooked the bok choi for a bit longer than you said but it was brill and its another of your recipes that I’ll be doing again.

  16. Linda

    Hi, Can you please confirm if that’s crushed peanuts on top of the bok choy in your picture?? It looks like it is to me but you never mentioned peanuts in your recipe?
    Thanks, Linda

  17. Hugh

    Hey, a quick question for someone: to make the garlic infused oil you say to brown it in “cooking oil” — is there a type of oil you use as your standard? Should it be an essentially flavourless oil like canola, soy, or peanut, or could one use sesame oil? Inquiring minds want to know (I tried the recipe with soybean oil with a dash of sesame in it and it wasn’t at all bad, but I wondered what the received wisdom was!)

  18. Gangka


    Thanks a lot for sharing simple and delicious Chinese recipes. I followed exactly the whole recipe and it turned out well… Delicious. I made it a point to cook this recipe every week. I’m looking for Baby Kailan recipe and ‘Chap cai'(mixed vegetable) recipe. Keep up your good work.

  19. Simon

    Very good and tasty dish, but I substituted water with unsalted chicken stock. It basically just added a little extra flavor. Excellent recipe;)

  20. GypsyDave

    Just made this using standard mustard greens, it was great. It would probably be good using just about any vegetable in the “brassica” family. I had it with fried eggs on sour dough toast. Delicious!!! Didn’t have any white pepper so I substituted a few drops of siracha… Very good.

  21. Alex Noreson

    Before anyone screams Adultery, let me say that Chinese and Cajun cuisine has been very popular in New Orleans for a long time but not highly promoted. And for anyone that hasn’t heard of this particular mix, try it once and laissez les bon temps rouler..(let the good times roll) Your baby bok choy recipe is a perfect match made in heaven for Louisiana Cajun Crayfish Tails sauteed in the same garlic oil with a few drops of liquid crab boil seasoning for spice (warning -this stuff is hot). and served along on top of your Baby Bok Choy Greens just as you wrote it. Kudos for a very detailed but simple recipe. Go Girl.

  22. Anne

    I just made this tonight with your Chinese style steamed fish with great results. I love the garlic oil on top especially. For a long time I’ve been puzzled about how to flavor my bok choy and now I think I might’ve found a favorite! Thank you :)

  23. Ronald

    Thanks, finally found a good description how to make this healthy vegetable (did it wrong all the time by cooking the bok choy in oil…)

  24. Ilanna

    Made this with mustard greens and it was the first time I’ve really enjoyed eating them. Thank you!

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