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Chinese Broccoli with Garlic Sauce Recipe

Crunchy, savoury and of course, garlicky. Chinese Broccoli with Garlic Sauce is a classic Chinese takeout dish but also something you can make at home. Simple and easy, the recipe goes well with everything and you can’t go wrong with it!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: chinese, chinese broccoli, gai lan, garlic, vegetable
Servings: 4


  • ½ lb Chinese broccoli (gai lan)
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • a pinch of paprika
  • 1 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1 tsp Chinese black vinegar
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil


  • Wash and then soak your Chinese broccoli in cold water for 5 to 10 minutes. This will help reduce the bitter taste and keep the vegetables crunchy.
  • While the Chinese broccoli is soaking, bring a large pot of water to a boil.
  • Strain the Chinese broccoli and then cut off half an inch of the bottom of the stem off. This part is usually too hard and tough to eat. Cut the remaining broccoli into 2 to 3 long strips lengthwise.
  • When the water is boiling, add in the Chinese broccoli and blanch them for 2 to 3 minutes. After, strain all the water and arrange them neatly on a serving plate.


  • Peel and mince the garlic.
  • Combine the sugar, paprika, soy sauce and Chinese black vinegar in a small bowl. Mix well.
  • Then, heat the vegetable oil in a small pan over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot but not smoking, add in the minced garlic and fry until it’s golden and crispy (about 1 to 2 minutes).
  • Pour the oil and garlic into the bowl of sauce prepared earlier. Mix well.
  • After, drizzle the finished sauce on top of the serving plate of Chinese broccoli. Serve immediately with rice. Enjoy!