Chinese Style Green Vegetables

Chinese Style Green Vegetables | Omnivore's Cookbook

This Chinese style cooking method I ‘m going to share today is the simplest and easiest way to enjoy green vegetables. It only requires four ingredients, takes ten minutes to prepare, and is super healthy and delicious!

If you have read some Chinese cookbooks or been to Chinese restaurants before, you probably have heard of dishes like Chinese broccoli with oyster sauce or restaurant style Chinese greens. This variation on those is a very simple dish but is flavorful and healthy, and especially great for a weekday dinner table.

My recipe here is slightly different, as it replaces oyster sauce with light soy sauce and is even easier to prepare. It tastes great either hot or cold. It’s very low in calories and sugar and high in calcium, iron, vitamin A and C. It contains no cholesterol.

Chinese Style Green Vegetables | Omnivore's Cookbook

The cooking process is extremely easy. The vegetables are boiled, then drizzled with garlicky oil and soy sauce. The magic happens when you blend the garlic oil with the soy sauce. Those two flavors blend so well, that the raw flavor of both the vegetables and of the condiments are gone. The refreshing greens will be finished up with a savory flavor of garlicky nuttiness and fermented salty beans. If you want to add an extra kick to the dish, throw in 2 dried chili peppers when you add the garlic to the oil.

The best part is, you can use this method for all types of vegetables. For example, I have tried it with Chinese broccoli (Gai Lan), spinach, broccoli, lettuce and cauliflower. They are all very tasty yet with different flavor characteristics.

Although it’s called Chinese style, the dish actually goes well with all types of cuisine. For example, it’s a great for side dish for any meat, poultry or seafood. My family also uses it as a green salad, when we have a simple dinner like bread and cheese.

The dish is just so versatile and easy that my family cooks it all the time and we never get tired of it.

OK now, less talking and more cooking! 🙂

Chinese Style Green Vegetables | Omnivore's Cookbook

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Chinese Style Green Vegetables

Chinese Style Green Vegetables

This Chinese style cooking method I ‘m going to share today is the simplest and easiest way to enjoy green vegetables. It only requires four ingredients, takes ten minutes to prepare, and is super healthy and delicious!
Course Side
Cuisine Chinese
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 62kcal
Author Maggie Zhu


  • pinch of salt and vegetable oil to blanch greens (Optional)
  • 2 cups (200 grams) bok choy (or greens like spinach, Chinese broccoli, broccoli and lettuce)
  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil (or vegetable oil)
  • 3 - 4 cloves garlic , coarsely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon light soy sauce


  • Bring a pot of water to a boil, add a pinch of salt and several drops of vegetable oil (so that the blanched vegetables will look greener), mix well. Add baby bak choy, boil till cooked through, in about 1 minute. (If you cook with other types of greens, be noted that the blanch time varies) Drain vegetables and place in a plate, set aside.
  • Heat wok on medium high heat till hot, add peanut oil and swirl for a few seconds, add garlic and stir immediately. Keep stir fast and constantly till fragrant and edge of garlic turns slightly golden. Stop heat immediately (The garlic will continue to cook in the hot oil, so it will turn to crispy without get burnt). Pour all the oil with garlic on top of blanched vegetables (*see footnote 1).
  • Drizzle soy sauce on top of vegetables and serve while warm. (*see footnote 2)


  1. You could cook several serves garlic oil ahead and store it up to 1 week under room temperature, so you are able use them directly without turning on stove. However, I found the freshly cooked oil is more delicious, since the hot oil will continue to cook the greens a bit and make it tastier.
  2. You should always drizzle the garlicky oil and soy sauce right before you serve the dish. Soy sauce contains salt, if you add it too early, the greens with loss water and the sauce in the dish will be diluted.


Serving: 112g | Calories: 62kcal | Carbohydrates: 4.5g | Protein: 1.9g | Fat: 4.5g | Saturated Fat: 0.8g | Sodium: 214mg | Potassium: 24mg | Fiber: 1.5g | Vitamin A: 57IU | Vitamin C: 74mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 6mg


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11 thoughts on “Chinese Style Green Vegetables

  1. Mary Ann

    I can’t wait to try your recipes Maggie. I am so happy I found your site. They looks so easy. I LOVE Chinese food!!!

    1. Maggie Post author

      I’m glad to hear you like my recipes and would like to cook Chinese food at home! Happy cooking and I can’t wait to see what you will make 🙂

  2. Daniel

    5 stars
    Hi Maggie,

    I just discovered your lovely website. I made these veggies tonight to go with some char siu I made from scratch for my wife (who is from Hong Kong). She loved it — and I was surprised they were so tasty from such a simple recipe.

    I am looking forward to trying out some of your other recipes soon!

  3. Fazlul haque

    First time self decided to clock vegetable and go through your recipe. After serve the dish no one believed that it was clocked by my self. Every one enjoyed the same. Thanks . Now I request you give some special recipe which one Indian and Chinese combination.

  4. Hari Dhameliya

    What a great assortment of sides! I love almost anything asian and am
    always looking to incorporate it in my meals. Can’t wait to try them!

  5. Fruit man

    Calories Can’t possibly be correct 2 tablespoons of ground nut oil – peanut oil is approx 240 calories alone without everything else