GAI LAN, CHINESE BROCCOLI, GAI LAN, it cooks the same way like Shanghai Bok Choy.
Do you love vegetables?
You know those colourful (predominantly green), edible, nutritious and delicious items from the plant kingdom.
We do! Broccoli, Cauliflower, Lettuce, Spinach, Eggplant, Tomatoes, Cucumbers, and Zucchini, etc., etc., all of which make Vegetarians have visions of Vegetable paradise.
Today, one of Spyros Peter Goudas’ assistants, Chantal who is from Cambodia, is about to introduce the staff to another vegetable.
The following funny incident happened.
Once the dish was brought to the table and served to the enjoyment of all the participants, Mr. Goudas inquired as to the name of this delicious vegetable.
Chantal informed him that it was Chinese Broccoli.
He repeated Chinese Broccoli?
What the heck! What on earth is going on here?
Do Orientals re-invent everything?
Chinese Broccoli! What is it with North Americans?
Anything we do not know, we call Chinese.
Why not rename similar products – Chatham Chow, Pakistani Pickles, Tunisian Turnips, Greek Cabbage, or Scarborough Scallops, and the list could go on and on.
He stressed that this has to be stopped by law with imposed penalties, and that we have to start finding the proper name for items and stop labeling everything Chinese.
On the one hand, the U.S. spends millions of dollars to prevent Chinese goods from invading the world. Yet, there are lots of products called Chinese this, that, whatever, whichever, and whoever.
He wondered aloudand said if any one had the correct name for this vegetable they should contact us and include a recipe.
On that note, he requested a second helping!
Chantal promptly added that once he cans and begins marketing Mr. Goudas Chinese Broccoli as a side dish to any of the Mr. Goudas Pastas, she wants her name to be included with this exclusive recipe and printed on the label, in addition to royalties of some kind.
The following is the simple cooking instructions for this delicious, nutritious dish, which although made by a Cambodian, is called GAI LAN Chinese Broccoli.
Somewhere in one of my recipes I mentioned that from now on we will refer to all Oriental grocery stores as Mr. Chin. Therefore, visit Mr. Chin and pick up a bunch of Chinese Broccoli GAI LAN.
I have to admit that these stores carry almost everything under the sun, including a complete line of Mr. Goudas line of products, for which we give them much credit.
You will also need 2 or 3 pieces (pegs) of Garlic, Salt, Vinegar, Mr. Goudas Trinidad Style Hot Sauce and Mr. Goudas Extra Virgin Oil.
Once at home, thoroughly wash your GAI LAN Chinese Broccoli.
Do not boil the water first then add the GAI LAN Chinese Broccoli.
Place the Chinese Broccoli GAI LAN in a large pot then add enough cold water to cover and bring to a gradual boil.
Add a pinch or two of Salt and let Mother Nature do a bit of work to gradually increase the process to the boiling point.
During the boiling process it is up to the individual to determine the length of time due to the fact that the leaves become soft when cooked too quickly, yet the stem will be too hard.
On the other hand if you cook the stem to be too soft, the leaves would become a soffy soffy, putty, putty mess.
It is up to you to find the right balance to achieve the presentation shown in the photo.
As a consequence, the boiling has to be balanced.
Drain off water and place in a large bowl.
Chop the pegs of garlic into small pieces.
Place a tablespoon or two of Extra Virgin Olive Oil in a large frying pan on medium heat.
Toss in the chopped garlic and brown (not burn) for a minute or two.
Add a teaspoon of Mr. Goudas Trinidad Style Hot sauce for extra flavour and blend.
Add your cooked GAI LAN Chinese Broccoli and gently blend the ingredients together.
Remove from heat and place on a serving platter garnished with slices of fresh Lemon (read this article Lemon Tree and discover how to choose the best lemons with the most juice), and/or one or two teaspoons of Vinegar.
I am very sure that Vegetarians will absolutely love this dish as is.
Non-vegetarians may serve this as a vegetable side dish to any meat or seafood dish.
Delicious, nutritious, healthy and Vitamin filled.
Go ahead. Do not be shy. Get your green on!
I hope that I have provided you with a wonderful write-up for this beautiful vegetable.
Reminder: Should you know of another name for this vegetable, email us with the name and your recipe idea.
We have incorporated the following photos showing different angles of this vegetable.
The last photo is a close-up of the completed dish.
Now that you have made it yourself, is it not as delicious as it looks?
Remember that Mr. Goudas does not sell fresh vegetables.
However, to perfect the dish, you absolutely require Mr. Goudas Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Trinidad Style Hot Sauce, Vinegar, Salt and/or Sea Salt.
After all, Mr. Goudas goes to extreme lenghts to bring the best products in the world to his loyal customers.
Recently, he has written a book called, Overweight, Highway to a Healthy Life, and since the publication has arrived into the hands of the general public he has received comments that it is one of the best books written since The Bible or maybe the Koran.
He suggests that we all increase our consumption of vegetables as a healthy lifestyle choice.
This recipe is courtesy of Chantal. Spyros Peter Goudas teaching Tavli or Backgammon to Chantal a Cambodian woman, to become World Champion.
Photos by Spyros Peter Goudas.
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