Chinese Pea Shoots

If there is one thing I love while eating at a Chinese restaurant, it has got to be stir fried pea shoots. It is not very often that you see them on a standard, Chinese menu either. I believe I first encountered pea shoots while eating dim sum, many years ago, and as I wanted to pass them up, after all they were green leafy things sitting next to steamed dumplings, I decided to give them a try, and so glad I did.

Chinese Pea Shoots Recipe

On Christmas Eve, my father-in-law called us up and said that he was ordering Chinese food from Fortune, a local, and actually decent restaurant in the suburbs. He rattled off what he was ordering, and it was the standard fair, so I asked him to ask the lady over the phone for sauteed greens. He jokingly said “sauteed greens?”. Yes, I said, just ask them for the greens that are sauteed with garlic and oyster sauce. When the ordered arrived, we had a lovely bowl of Chinese pea shoots.

If you are looking for some great greens, and greens that are packed with vitamins and nutrients, and have a really great taste, then head to your local Asian market and pick yourself up some pea shoots. You will be glad you did.


  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp grated ginger
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 lb of Chinese pea shoots
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp oyster sauce
  • pinch of sugar

Begin by soaking your peas shoots in cold water, picking over any of the bad leaves, or stems. Next, heat a wok, or a large skillet on medium to high heat. Add the oil, toss in the garlic and ginger, and cook just until fragrant. Remove the greens from the water and toss them into the wok. Add in the water, and give them a gentle toss. Continue to toss gently, watching the greens melt down into a delicious pile of goodness. Now is the time to toss in the soy sauce, oyster sauce, and the sugar. Mix well, making sure you incorporate all of the sauces. Plate, and  serve with steamed rice.

Trust me on this one, if you are in need of great greens, this is the one. My five year old simply loved them, and that makes her dad a proud dad at that. Enjoy, and happy new year.

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Dax Phillips

Thank you for visiting my website. Truly, I do appreciate it. My free time and stress reliever is cooking for my family, friends, and everyone in between. The recipes you find on this site are those that I have either created, been part of, or those that I simply enjoy and have made my own in some shape, form, or other. My focus has always been on comfort food, because at the end of a long work day, you want something comforting. I currently am the father of three children, and married to a wonderful wife of thirteen years. There is nothing fancy with these recipes, just simple, and I will admit, not so simple ingredients, and a simple kitchen corner I can call my own. I learned early on that cooking and bringing family together was very important. After all, this notion of being together at dinner time was instilled early on by my parents. There are many memories of being in the kitchen with my parents, watching them cook, or preparing meals, or those home cooked smells while waiting for dinner. My parents who worked full-time, always had home cooked meals during the week, with the exception of Friday nights where we would enjoy a Wisconsin fish fry, and often on late afternoons on Sunday, where we would order Ann's pizza. I tend to cook by making things up. As a home cook, I think you have to take chances, and add or subtract ingredients that make up a dish, and make them your own. Remember to taste, and taste often. If a dish has potential, try it again, and make it your own. You should also note that I do not count calories, or break down recipes into grams of anything. To me, that's a bit boring. My philosophy is that if the food is good, eat it, and eat it in moderation. Life is just too short not to enjoy good food. Commonly Asked Questions: Can I use your photography/content on my website/blog? Please do not redistribute my photography or recipes without my permission. All of the recipes and photography on this website are my own unless noted, and is subjected to copyright  If you’d like to use a photograph or a recipe, please contact me for permission. Will you review my product/book/site? I am available for recipe development, food photography and/or styling, travel/press events, product reviews, brand promotion/ambassador, and sponsored posts. If you are interested in working with me, or if you have a question/comment regarding a recipe or about my blog, please send me an email.

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