Choy Sum with Oyster Sauce

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This is a popular Chinese dish, which is quick and easy to make. Blanched choy sum, also known as flowering bok choy, is served with a well seasoned oyster sauce. Enjoy as a side dish.

Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
12 mins
Total Time:
17 mins
2 servings


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, divided

  • 1 pinch salt

  • 1 pinch white sugar

  • 1 pound choy sum

  • ½ teaspoon minced garlic

  • 3 tablespoons water, divided, or as needed

  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce

  • 1 teaspoon Shaoxing wine

  • ½ teaspoon soy sauce

  • ¼ teaspoon white sugar

  • teaspoon monosodium glutamate (MSG)

  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch, or more to taste


  1. Bring a large saucepan of water, 1 teaspoon vegetable oil, 1 pinch salt, and 1 pinch sugar to a boil. Add choy sum and cook for 30 seconds. Drain, pressing gently to squeeze out excess water. Place choy sum on a serving dish.

  2. Heat remaining 2 teaspoons oil in a wok or skillet over high heat. Cook and stir garlic until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add 2 tablespoons water, oyster sauce, Shaoxing wine, soy sauce, 1/4 teaspoon sugar, and monosodium glutamate; bring to a boil.

  3. Mix remaining 1 tablespoon water and cornstarch together in a small bowl. Pour into the wok; cook and stir until sauce thickens, about 1 minute. Pour sauce over the choy sum.

Cook's Note:

You can substitute choy sum with baby bok choy or other Chinese green vegetables.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

108 Calories
7g Fat
8g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 108
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Sodium 255mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 3mg 0%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 7mg 0%

* 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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