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Chap Chye


Taste of Asian Food


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This Chap Chye stir-fry recipe ( 炒杂菜/ 快炒什锦菜/chap choy) is an attractive vegetable stir-fry popular in every Chinese household. It is multi-colored, tender-crisp, with a combination of vegetables os different texture and flavor.


The word chap chye is the direct verbatim translation of two characters 杂菜, which means mixed vegetables. The recipe is not fixed. Many home cooks use any available vegetables for cooking up a meal at any time. 


This article uses a set of vegetables that are mainly crunchy and tender-crisp and added some mushrooms and ginkgo nuts to deliver a well-balanced texture and color.  This combination is frequently used in a Chinese dish called lotus stir-fry 清炒莲藕. I use less lotus root in this recipe and include different components to make it more colorful, flavorful, and with various shapes and textures.




Main ingredients (A)


  • 300g (1 oz) lotus root, cut into thin slices
  • 70g (2oz) carrot, cut into slices
  • 80g (2.5 oz) baby corn, cut into short sections
  • 4 lily bulbs, loosen the petals
  • 1/2 (40g) stalk celery, cut into slices
  • 2 stalks garlic sprouts, cut into one-inch sections
  • 4 button mushrooms
  • 60g (2oz) bamboo shoot
  • 30g (1 oz) ginkgo nut
  • 5 tbs of water


Other ingredients (C)


  • 1 tbsp coarsely chopped garlic
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil for stir-frying




Prepare the vegetables


  • Get ready all the vegetables in A and cut according to the short direction in the ingredient section.
  • Blanch the lotus root, carrot, bamboo shoot in boiling water for 2 minutes, add the sweet peas, and wait until the water comes to a boil again. Drain and set aside. Cut the blanched bamboo shoot into slices




  • Saute the chopped garlic in oil until aromatic.  Add all the ingredients in A into the wok one by one, flip and mix until they are all heated up.
  • Mix all the ingredients in B, and add to the vegetables.
  • Stir fry over high heat until the gravy is thickened and is about to dry.


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Source: Taste of Asian Food. Reproduced with permission.



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