Thursday, June 2, 2011

豆苗, Dau Miu, Snow Pea Sprouts, A Vegetable By Many Names

Dau miu: snow pea shoots stir fried with garlic
When I lived in Hong Kong I used to go to many local dim sum restaurants and the people I was with would always order a stir fried green leafy vegetable dish.  It was one of my favorite vegetable dishes there yet I had no idea what it was, and nobody could really explain it in English when asked. Tonight I went to have some crispy duck in London's chinatown...I know, again in Chinatown, I should have rented a place there. There I finally found out that this magnificent dish is actually the shoots from snow pea plants steamed with garlic.

These are one of the most delicious vegetables that can be stir fried and are considered a Chinese delicacy. If you haven't tried this it's a must. I don't remember seeing this on the menu in any Chinese restaurants I've been to in the US, although surely it's available in the Chinatowns of larger cities such as New York and probably available in quite a few places in California. So rather than search through all of the Chinese style restaurants here's a quick little recipe for it.

Ingredients
2 minced garlic cloves
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
A couple handfuls of fresh snow pea sprouts
A dash of salt

Instructions
Heat oil in wok over medium/high heat
Add the minced garlic (if it starts to crisp or go brown the the heat is too high)
Add a dash of salt
Add the snow pea sprouts and toss them around for a minute or 2 until they look like the picture

15 comments:

  1. i am gonna do some cooking my self today!

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  2. I love veggie stuff and this looks very interesting.

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  3. i like snow peas in a stir fry :]

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  4. Sounds great healthy food for a change.

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  5. thats looks pretty good, :3 give me some, xD

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  6. Chinese vegetable dishes are delicious! I'll have to try this out :D

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  7. oooohhh that sounds so good, id love to try this

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  8. I LOVE this dish, I used to eat it all the time when I was in China and Hong Kong. I've no idea where I could get that sprout here though. So easy to make as well.

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  9. Yeah, I'm gonna cook myself something tomorrow I think.

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  10. Makes me wish I could cook.

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  11. Seems really simple, just the way I like it. :D

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  12. I bet a true mainer could do this with "fiddleheads"!!!!!!

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  13. They're pretty good, and healthy!

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