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Stir Fried Choy Sum with Dried Shrimps & What We Eat in China #1

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  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 2 to 4 servings
  • Category: Side
  • Method: Stir Fry
  • Cuisine: Chinese


With only two ingredients and minimal prep time, you can create a fragrant and irresistible veggie dish in under 5 minutes!  


  • 2 batches choy sum (about 1 pound / 450 grams)
  • 1 tablespoon peanut oil (or vegetable oil)
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons shell-on baby dried shrimps (papery dried shrimps) (*footnote 1)
  • (Optional) salt to taste


  1. Remove the ends of the choy sum by using a pair of scissors. Rinse the choy sum thoroughly to remove any dirt between stalks.
  2. Bring a medium pot of water to a boil. Fill a large second pot with cold water. Add all the choy sum (without chopping) and press them into the boiling water. Let briefly cook for 5 to 7 seconds. Remove them immediately from the pot and transfer to the cold water. Let cool for a minute or so, until it’s possible to handle with your hands. Gently squeeze the water from the choy sum without pressing too hard. Chop the choy sum into 1/2-inch (1-cm) long small pieces.
  3. Heat a wok over a high heat (*Footnote 2). Add the oil and swirl to coat the bottom. Add the dried shrimps. Cook and stir for a few seconds until the shrimps turn crispy and lightly browned.
  4. Add the choy sum. Stir a few times to mix well. Turn to a medium low heat. Cook covered for a minute or so, until the choy sum turns tender but still has a hint of crunchiness. Cover and let cook a bit longer if needed.
  5. Uncover and stir a few more times. Taste the choy sum and sprinkle on a bit more salt if necessary. Transfer everything into a plate immediately, to prevent from overcooking.
  6. Serve hot or warm as a side dish.


  1. Dried shrimps taste different depending on the brand you buy, and sometimes they can be very salty. When you buy a new brand, start with 1 to 2 tablespoons of dry shrimps, so your dish won’t turn out too salty.
  2. Although I used a wok as demonstration (at my mom’s place), you can definitely use a nonstick flat skillet instead.


  • Serving Size: 1 of 4 servings
  • Calories: 75
  • Sugar: 0
  • Sodium: 27mg
  • Fat: 3.5g
  • Carbohydrates: 4g
  • Fiber: 0
  • Protein: 6.8g
  • Cholesterol: 0