In this Asian stir-fried vegetable recipe, a touch of sugar is added to balance the bitterness of Chinese broccoli. Serve with Asian-marinated meat and brown rice for a healthy weeknight dinner.

Grace Young
Source: EatingWell Magazine, March/April 2015

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Trim 1/4 inch off broccoli stalks. If the stalks are thicker than 1/2 inch, cut in half lengthwise. Keeping them separate, cut the stalks and leaves into 2-inch-long pieces. Combine sugar and salt in a small bowl.

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  • Heat a 14-inch flat-bottomed wok or large heavy skillet (not nonstick) over high heat until a bead of water vaporizes within 1 to 2 seconds of contact. Swirl in 1 tablespoon oil and add ginger and crushed red pepper; stir-fry until the ginger is fragrant, about 10 seconds. Add the broccoli stalks and stir-fry until bright green, 1 to 1 1/2 minutes. Swirl in the remaining 1 tablespoon oil and add the broccoli leaves; sprinkle with the sugar mixture and stir-fry until the leaves are bright green and just limp, about 1 minute. Swirl in rice wine (or sherry); stir-fry until the stalks are just crisp-tender, 1 to 1 1/2 minutes. Remove the ginger before serving.

Tips

Equipment: 14-inch flat-bottomed carbon-steel wok

Chinese broccoli has a slight bitter flavor reminiscent of broccoli rabe, which is a good substitute (as is broccolini). Look for it in Asian markets, at farmers' markets and some well-stocked supermarkets; opt for bunches with tight flower buds (open flowers are a sign of age).

Shao Hsing (or Shaoxing) is a seasoned rice wine used in Chinese cooking to flavor sauces, marinades and stir-fries. Look for it in Asian specialty markets or with other Asian ingredients in large supermarkets. In a pinch, dry sherry is a good substitute.

Nutrition Facts

92 calories; protein 2.8g 6% DV; carbohydrates 3.7g 1% DV; dietary fiber 2.2g 9% DV; sugars 1.1g; fat 7.2g 11% DV; saturated fat 1.2g 6% DV; cholesterolmg; vitamin a iu 2276.8IU 46% DV; vitamin c 17.3mg 29% DV; folate 70.8mcg 18% DV; calcium 92.6mg 9% DV; iron 1.8mg 10% DV; magnesium 19.5mg 7% DV; potassium 172.6mg 5% DV; sodium 319mg 13% DV; thiamin 0.1mg 14% DV; added sugar 1g.