Asian leafy greens are cheap, easy to prepare and above all nutritious. They are packed with vitamin C, folate, iron and contain glucosinolates (an anti-cancer substance). If you believe in the anti-ageing properties of dark green leafy vegetables then you should include them in your daily diet!
There are many varieties and they may look the same but each carry a unique flavour and they all taste delicious. Popular varieties include pak choy, choy sum, bok choy, gai lan (Chinese broccoli), gai choy (Chinese mustard) and Chinese cabbage.
Look for greens with plump, firm stems and vibrant green leaves. To prepare, rinse them under cold water and remove discoloured leaves or flowering buds.
Try them as an accompainment to slow cooked pork belly, stir fried with garlic or simply tossed with oyster sauce. It is also best to stick to Asian flavours when cooking with Asian greens.
Asian leafy greens love… chilli, garlic, ginger, oyster sauce, sesame oil, ketcap manis, fish, chicken, pork