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Hong Kong Kailan in Shrimp Roe Powder

Hong Kong Kailan in Shrimp Roe Powder Recipe

In this recipe, I am using the variety of Hong Kong kailan with thin and short stalks (called “芥兰苗”), and it is ready to use from the packet without needing to trim the stalks. If you are using regular Hong Kong kailan with thick stalks, divide the leafy portion from the stems. Then At step 3, cook the stem for 1 minute first, then add the leafy part to cook for another 1 and 1/2 minutes.


  • 3/4 tbsp shrimp roe powder
  • 100 grams Hong Kong kailan rough ends trimmed
  • 1/2 tbsp vegetable oil

(A) Sauce

  • 1/2 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp boiling water


  1. Toast the shrimp roe powder on medium heat in a dry pan until you smell the fragrance, about a minute or less. Set aside in a saucer.
  2. Make the sauce by combining (A) in a small bowl and stir with a spoon to dissolve the sugar thoroughly. Set aside.
  3. In a small pot, add water (enough to submerge the vegetables) and vegetable oil. When the water is boiling, add kailan and cook for 1 and 1/2 minutes. Drain in a colander.
  4. Arrange cooked vegetables on serving plate and drizzle the sauce over. Just before serving, sprinkle toasted shrimp roe powder over the vegetables.
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8 comments on “Hong Kong Kailan in Shrimp Roe Powder”

  1. What beautiful gloss on your Kailan :) but I don’t think I ever tasted anything with shrimp roe powder on it :( I must be missing out…much.

    So just what does shrimp roe powder taste like? most similar to? I cannot try, so only can imagine leh…

    • Oh, try it next time you are in Macau or Hong Kong! The shrimp roe tastes salty with a great umami kick (lack of vocabulary here). I think you will like it!

  2. I miss kailan! The shrimp roe powder is new to me. I bet it tastes wonderfully delicious.

  3. Oh Yum, the dried shrimp roe must be very flavorful!

  4. I love Kailan. Must check out your recipe with shrimp roe, something very new to me.

  5. Authentic and delicious, feels like eating in Hong Kong again.

  6. Where can I buy this in USA?

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