Leafy Greens Recipes
Leafy vegetables are commonly used in Asian cooking, but did you know that outside of the usual steamboats or stir-fry, there are many ways to maximise the sweet flavours and nutritional value of our beloved leafy greens?
Here are 6 delicious recipes that feature these common leafy greens you’ll find in every supermarket. Prepare to be impressed, not just by the variety, but also the yumminess of these dishes.
1. Steamed Cabbage Rolls with Scallop Sauce
Believe it or not, these taste even better than they look! Filled with tasty minced chicken and prawn meat drizzled with scallop sauce, this recipe not only packs a punch in nutrients but in flavour as well. It makes full use of the sweetness and texture of the cabbage, which pairs extremely well with the juicy filling.
Preparation Time: 20 mins. Serves 4.
2. Kimchi Pancake
If you’re looking for a snack to go along with your favourite K-drama, we present to you one of Korean cuisine’s all-time favourite — Kimchijeon (김치전) also known as The Kimchi Pancake.
Crunchy with a chewy texture on the inside, this Korean dish serves as an excellent snack or a side dish. Not to mention, it is really easy to make as well. In our Kimchi recipe linked below, we use Napa cabbage which is a type of Chinese cabbage that is commonly used in making kimchi. Now, you can enjoy this tasty treat and hit your daily veggie goals as well!
Pro-Tip: Use well-fermented kimchi! If it smells pungent and tastes sour, you’re good to go!
Preparation Time: 30 mins. Serves 2.
3. Lo Han Zhai
Mixed with every type of veggie you can ever think of, this vegetarian dish is not only flavourful but it contains a range of textures as well. Using ingredients such as dried Chinese mushrooms and black fungus, you can expect the umami of the broth to be fully absorbed.
Preparation Time: 45 mins. Serves 4
4. Lontong Sayur Lodeh
This appetizing vegetable stew is rich in flavours and creaminess, being an excellent choice for starters who find it difficult to eat some veggies. Even before being served, there’s no mistaking the distinct, delicious smell when it’s on the stove.
In this recipe, we used various spices such as dried chilli, turmeric and candlenuts to bring out the fragrance and creaminess of the broth as well as adding a little heat to it. Through the simmering of the vegetables, the natural sweetness of the Chinese cabbage is brought out, blending in perfectly with the other ingredients. You’ll be looking for seconds!
Preparation Time: 1 hr. Serves 4.
5. XO White Bee Hoon Fish Soup
It’s hard to tell what’s the star of this dish — it could be the fresh fish slices fried to crispy perfection, rich ikan bilis soup with XO sauce, or tasty vermicelli noodles — but there’s no debate that this recipe is a great way to incorporate leafy vegetables. Whether you prefer using baby bak choy or chye sim, it’s a match with this hearty, warm dish that is equal parts healthy and delicious.
Preparation Time: 1 hour. Serves 3
P.S. Up for a challenge? This crab bee hoon soup recipe features the same ingredients and vegetables, elevated with sweet, succulent chunks of mud crab.
6. Gado Gado (Indonesian Salad with Peanut Sauce)
This dish is actually a variant of Indonesian dish Gado Gado, made with cooked vegetables unlike the traditional version that features fruits.
Just like in every good salad, a good sauce changes the whole flavour game. In our recipe, the peanut sauce constitutes multiple ingredients ranging from aromatic herbs to fiery spices, elevating the tastiness and of the whole dish.
Preparation Time: 1 hr. Serves 6.
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There are plenty of ways to have leafy greens outside of steamboat meals. We hope that by trying these recipes out, you will find out why these veggies are deeply loved in many Asian recipes! If you’ve tried to make a dish here, or have your own creative way of cooking leafy greens, don’t forget to share your dishes with us on the Meatmen Facebook Cooking Community!
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