Stir-fried veggie with prawns (芥蘭花炒蝦仁)

The raw version

Well, it's a strange-looking vegetable and I only know the name of it in mandarin because I asked the vegetable stall uncle.

It looks like a cross between kai lan and broccoli because the flower bit on top resembles broccoli but the stem is that of a kai lan. The uncle told me it's broccoli with a long stem (but the texture and taste of the stem is that of a kailan's). Hmmm. Never mind what it is. What's more important is that it tastes nice right?

Stir-fried veggie with prawns (芥蘭花炒蝦仁)


  • a small bunch of broccoli-kailan (for a lack of better description of the veg) 芥蘭花

  • 3 prawns

  • garlic (minced)

  • stock (or water)

  • oyster sauce to taste

  • cornflour (if desired)


  1. Cut the florets off and trim the stems then cut into appropriate length. Rinse the vegetables.

  2. Rinse, shell and devein the prawns, leaving the tails intact.

  3. Parboil the veggies.

  4. Heat oil and saute the garlic till fragrant.

  5. Add the prawns and fry till they are almost cooked.

  6. Add oyster sauce and a bit of stock (or water) and bring to a boil.

  7. Add cornflour water to thicken the gravy if desired.

  8. Toss in the veggies and mix. (You may wish to skip this step and just arrange the veggies on a plate and pour the prawns and the gravy over the veggies.)

  9. Serve hot.

Note: You may fry this veggie with fresh mushrooms and it's yummy too. :)

For toddler's consumption:

  • Serve as how you would for broccoli

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