Cap Cai


Learn how to make cap cai, a yummy Chinese-Indonesian vegetable dish that you'll find in restaurants all over Jakarta. It's a great pescetarian dish, too. We usually serve it with brown rice and fried tofu. You can leave out the prawns and the taste is still great, or even substitute for chicken.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
45 mins


  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 onion, thinly sliced

  • 10 ounces peeled and deveined medium shrimp (30-40 per pound)

  • 1 head bok choy, chopped

  • 1 ½ cups chopped broccoli

  • 1 ½ cups chopped cauliflower

  • 1 large carrot, thinly sliced at an angle

  • 3 green onions, chopped

  • cup water

  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch

  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce

  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce

  • 1 teaspoon white sugar

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • salt to taste


  1. Heat vegetable oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir in garlic and onion; cook and stir until onion has softened and turned translucent, about 5 minutes. Add shrimp, bok choy, broccoli, cauliflower, carrot, and green onion. Pour in water, cover, and cook until shrimp is no longer translucent in the center and vegetables are tender, about 15 minutes.

  2. Dissolve cornstarch into fish sauce in a small bowl. Stir into the cap cai along with oyster sauce, sugar, and pepper; stir until thickened. Season with salt before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

250 Calories
12g Fat
19g Carbs
19g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 250
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 106mg 35%
Sodium 819mg 36%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 19g
Vitamin C 106mg 528%
Calcium 211mg 16%
Iron 4mg 19%
Potassium 800mg 17%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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