Ying's ideas of easy Chinese home-cooking

Choy Sum and Tofu Salad in Sesame Dressing (CNY2019)

日式芝麻酱拌菜心豆腐

Choy Sum is Cantonese’ favourite vegetable. Every time when I don’t know what to have for everyday vegetable, I would buy Choy Sum. Thanks to modern agriculture, they are in the market all the year round. But they are particularly sweet when it’s cold, because Choy Sum is actually a winter vegetable.

Usually fried Choy Sum with garlic or ginger would be nice enough but it’s Chinese New Year, I would make it a little different, a little fusion, yet delicious and quick. In this recipe, other vegetables are also suitable, such as spinach.

Serve 8

Ingredients –
Choy Sum, 400g;
Very firm tofu, 1, about 350g;
Walnut, 50g;
Roasted sesame dressing, 3tbsp;
Olive oil, 2tbsp;
Light soy sauce, 1tbsp;
Sugar, 1tsp;
Black pepper, a pinch.

How to do –

1. I choose very firm tofu, sliced into about half centimeter thick. In a flat bottom pan, pan-fry double sides till golden;

2. Choy Sum washed and tore into mouth size. Boil plenty of water in a big pot, put in 1tbsp of salt. When the water is boiling, put in the Choy Sum and poach till the water is boiling again. Drain and set aside for a while, let them cool down a little bit. Then squeeze out some vegetable juice;

3. Roast some walnut in a small pan in medium heat till golden;

4. In a small bowl, put in sesame dressing, olive oil, soy sauce, sugar and black pepper, mix well;

5. In a big mixing bowl, put in the Choy Sum, tofu and dressing, flip and mix well;

6. Put in serving plate and sprinkle walnut chips on top. Serve right away.

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