Stir-fried Kailan

Stir-fried Kailan

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This is a very easy recipe for stir-frying kailan using oyster sauce. I don’t used to love vegetables, but now I do. A simple plate of vegetables stir fry is a happy side dish for dinner.  I usually buy 2 packets of vegetables for 2 persons, if not there will not be enough. It is incredibly cheap, healthy, delicious and quick to cook.

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I would say home-cooked Chinese dinner is not complete without it. Besides kailan, you can use other greens too.


kailan stems

Kailan stems – slice them thinly & diagonally.

Stir-fried Kailan Recipe

To prevent oil splatters during stir frying, air dry or spin dry (in a salad spinner) the vegetables thoroughly before cooking.


  • 400g kailan (芥兰)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 5 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 carrot peeled and sliced thinly
  • cornstarch solution 1 tsp cornstarch dissolved in 2 tsp water

(A) Sauce (combine in a small cup)

  • a pinch of sugar
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp Shaoxing wine
  • 2 tbsp water


  1. If using stems, trim bottom stalk ends of kailan and separate leaves from stems. Slice the stem thinly and diagonally.
  2. Heat oil in wok and stir fry garlic until fragrant. Stir fry sliced carrot and kailan stems for a minute or two.
  3. Add kailan leaves and sauce. Stir fry until the vegetables are evenly coated in the sauce and the leaves have withered. Thicken the sauce with cornstarch solution.