{Recipe} Stir-Fried Snow Pea Tips 炒豆苗

Stir-fried Garlic Pea Shoots Recipe
Happy Chinese New Year of the Monkey!

I hope all of you got to celebrate the Chinese New Year 2016 in some way and if you got to cook something off the Chinese New Year Cookbook, please share your favorite dishes from the mix.

If you are, like me, still experiencing a food coma from the over-extended celebration of Chinese New Year, I’ve got some idea for you – eat something light and refreshing, preferably green. Want more specifics? Try this classic stir-fried snow pea tips dish – it’s, in my opinion, one of the best cures to food hangover.
Stir-fried Garlic Pea Shoots Recipe
Snow pea tips, a.k.a. pea shoots, snow pea greens, dou miao 豆苗 in Mandarin are a delicacy in Chinese cuisine. If you have never seen them before, next time when you are at your local Chinese supermarket, look for these green leafy vegetables with hollow stems and curly tendrils either in a transparent bag or sitting loose on a shelf.Stir-fried Garlic Pea Shoots Recipe

Pea tips are tender in texture and smells and tastes similar to that of snow peas. When picking the pea tips, look for the ones with large leaves and short and tender stems. The long stems tend to be pretty tough and best to avoid.
Stir-fried Garlic Pea Shoots Recipe
Once cooked, the pea tips become soft and have a unique refreshing and pleasant flavor that snow peas don’t quite have. I’ve also been told that they also make a great garden salad ingredient but have not done it to confirm.

To make this classic Chinese stir-fried pea tips, you’ll need a really hot cookware, preferably a cast iron skillet or a Chinese style wok. Unless you have commercial grade stove, for home cooking, I suggest quickly blanching the vegetable before stir-frying to reduce the liquid, creating a better taste.
Stir-fried Garlic Pea Shoots Recipe
One more tip about this recipe. If you really want to match the taste from the restaurant, try substitute a portion of cooking oil with lard, which further enhances the flavor of the pea tips.

{Recipe} Stir-Fried Snow Pea Tips

Yield: 4 Servings

Prep Time:10 mins

Cook Time:4 mins

Total Time:30 mins

Make this flavorful Stir-Fried Pea Tips recipe following this step-by-step recipe at yireservation.com

Ingredients:

  • 1.5lb snow pea shoots
  • 2 clove garlic, sliced
  • Salt to taste
  • 1tbsp oyster sauce
  • Lard* (optional)

Directions:

Depending on the batch of pea shoots you get, you might come across some tough stems that you will need to remove either with your figures or a knife.snow pea tipsThoroughly clean the pea shoots by rinse under cold water. Transfer the pea shoots to a colander to remove the excess water.stir-fried snow pea tipsBring a big pot of water to bring. Add 1 tbsp of cooking oil. Blanch the pea shoots for 30 seconds or until just weltedstir-fried snow pea tipsHeat up 2 tbsp of oil or lard * in your wok or frying pan** over high heat. Once the oil is smoky hot, add sliced garlic and fry for 5 seconds or until aromatic.stir-fried snow pea tips recipeAdd the blanched pea shoots and quickly stir fry for 30 seconds. Add oyster sauce and salt and stir fry for another 30 seconds. stir-fried snow pea tips recipePlate and serve immediately.Plate and serve immediately.
*lard is commonly used to enhance the flavor of this dish. I highly recommend if you would like to re-create the restaurant quality at home. Simply substitute 1tbsp of cooking oil with 1 tbsp of lard.**the key to this dish is to cook it quickly under high heat in a very hot wok or frying pan. If you have a cast iron skillet, you should use it instead of a regular pan.
Stir-fried Garlic Pea Shoots Recipe

12 comments

  1. 6

    I think this is what we had for dinner last night at Beijing Duck House — we’d asked for “a vegetable” and it sure looks like this is what the waiter brought us. When I asked what it was, he was saying something like “pee-tee,” which I didn’t understand, but it sure sounds like “pea tips,” doesn’t it? And speaking of the lard, I asked my husband (a chef) whether there might be a little butter in it, so the lard was probably it. The dish was delicious, and I’ll have to see if I can find the vegetable here — in the Bay Area, probably yes!

    • 6.1

      Hi Elise, thank you for checking out my blog. I am glad that you and your family enjoyed pea tips. The use of lard makes a pretty big difference and it’s probably one of the few occasions that I’d consider including lard in my cooking. Check your local Chinese supermarket to see if they are still available. I still see them here in NYC but at slightly higher price since the peak season just passed. Thanks again for your visit!

  2. 5

    Love this stir fried snow pea much….., in my country so expensive…..import from china…he..he..

  3. 4

    Yum! I had this recently at Empire Chinese Kitchen in Portland, Maine. I will have to try making it at home now!

  4. 3

    The Chinese markets near me have a big selection of vegetables but this one does not ring a bell. What is it called in Chinese? Thanks,
    Jeff

  5. 2

    I love that you’re recommending to use lard, which is a highly overlooked fat in the U.S. I have a vat of it in my fridge at all times (DP renders it). I like to add a egg white sauce to this dish as well. 

  6. 1

    A simple and delicious veggie stirfry, Yi.

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