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Stir-fry Royale Chives & Prawns

Stir-fry Royale Chives & Prawns

The royale chives, cooked with savoury salted fish and the umami essence of the prawns, are extra delicious in this recipe. Be quick handed when stir frying this dish, taking care not to overcook the chives and prawns.

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  • 10-12 medium prawns (shrimps)
  • 1 packet (150g) royale chives (青龙菜)
  • 1/2 + 1/2 tbsp cooking oil divided
  • 5 grams dried salted fish diced; see cooking note below
  • 5 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 4 thin slices ginger sliced to long thin strips
  • 1/2 tsp mushroom seasoning powder see cooking note
  • tiny pinch of salt
  • 1 tbsp Chinese wine (Hua Tiao/Shaoxing)


  1. Prepare prawns by removing the shells and veins, leaving only the tail on. Pat dry and set aside.
  2. Prepare royale chives by cutting them to six uniform sections. Wash the chives thoroughly to get rid of the excess dirt and spin dry in a salad spinner.
  3. Fry salted fish. Heat 1/2 tbsp oil in a wokpan. Add diced salted fish and fry until golden. Remove salted fish and set aside on a plate.
  4. Add prepared prawns to the wok and stir-fry briskly until just cooked on the surface. Set aside.
  5. Fry aromatics. Add remaining oil, garlic and ginger. Stir fry briskly until aromatic.
  6. Add prepared chives, mushroom powder and water. When the chives are half withered, cover the wok with lid, drizzle Chinese wine along the walls of the wok and let the contents steam for 1 minute. Return prawns and salted fish back to the wok. Stir-fry on high heat until both the chives and prawns are just cooked.

Cooking Note(s):

  1. If you do not wish to use salted fish, use a bit more seasoning of choice to taste.
  2. I used mushroom seasoning powder as a delicious MSG-free seasoning for all my vegetable stir-fries. You can substitute it with appropriate amount of salt, soy sauce or fish sauce.
  3. If your stir-fry is too dry, add 1 tbsp water when frying the chives. I prefer not to add water since the royale chives tend to exude some water after cooking.
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2 comments on “Stir-fry Royale Chives & Prawns”

  1. Light yet so fresh, healthful and flavourful…definitely my kind of food!

  2. Must be super flavorful with salted fish and prawns in the royal chives …流口水啦!

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