Chinese broccoli with oyster sauce is a very simple and basic dish. It is usually served as a side dish or an appetizer, but it is also hearty enough to stand alone as a main course. My Chinese broccoli with oyster sauce recipe taste great and I am sure you will love it as much as I do. Chinese broccoli is also known as Kai-lan but is actually a different group of plants than American broccoli. Although it is a leafy green, its flavor is very similar to American broccoli. As a side note, broccolini is actually a hybrid between broccoli and Kai-lan.
The ingredient list for Chinese Broccoli with Oyster Sauce can be found at most major grocery stores. However, if you have trouble finding the ingredients at your local grocery store, you will have much better luck at an Asian grocery store.
The first step is to peel the bottom 1/2 to 1 inch from your Chinese broccoli. Removing hard outer skin from the bottom section of the Chinese broccoli will make your broccoli softer and easier to eat.
Next you will want to boil your Chinese broccoli. Do so by standing it up in your pot of boiling water, with the bottoms in first for about 30-seconds. Doing this will allow the thick bottoms to soften up a little before fully submerging the rest of the Chinese broccoli in the hot water. The leafy tops will cook fast, so it is important to get the bottoms in for a short while first. Once the bottoms have been boiling for at least 30-seconds, submerge and boil the whole thing.
When ready, take your Chinese broccoli out and set it aside for now.
To make your sauce, add your cooking oil into a pan. When the oil is hot, add your garlic and allow it to cook until it is a golden brown. Once your garlic is done, add your oyster sauce, soy sauce, and dark soy sauce. Allow it all to cook together for a short while. Continue to stir to keep from burning.
To plate your dish, cut your Chinese broccoli into three parts, or four parts if you are serving kids or just like smaller bites.
Lastly, pour your sauce over the top of your cut vegetables and enjoy.
Cooking Notes: You can change this recipe to be vegan/vegetarian safe by replacing the oyster sauce with "oyster flavored sauce" or your favorite stir fry sauce.