Stir-Fried Yau Mak with Garlic

I like vegetables. I think I am okay with all types of vegetables except the obvious bitter ones eg. bitter gourd. I know it is good for health but I usually give it a pass. Not with green leafy vegetables though.

There are many varieties of lettuce around and most of them can be eaten raw or cooked. If you intend to stir-fry the lettuce, make sure that your wok is really heated up to very high temperature (smoking) so as to minimise cooking time and to prevent too much water oozing out from the leaves. The idea is not to have the vegetables swimming in a pool of gravy. You also lose a lot of essential vitamins and minerals by prolonged cooking of the vegetables. Here, I use a type of lettuce known as “Yau Mak” which is a slightly smaller version of the romaine lettuce. I should have taken a photo of it before the leaves were separated and rinsed.

This is my recipe for Stir-Fried Yau Mak with Garlic


  • 2 pieces yau mak (or to your desired amount but bear in mind that they will shrivel and reduce in size as you cook, separate leaves and rinse well. Drain in colander to remove excess water)
  • at least 5 cloves of garlic (chopped)
  • 4 cloves of shallots (sliced thinly)
  • 3 tablespoons of palm oil


  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of oyster sauce


Heat up oil in wok and fry shallots till golden brown. Remove fried shallots aside.

Add garlic into remaining oil and stir fry for about 10 seconds followed by yau mak. Give it two or three stirs and add oyster sauce. Stir till leaves are evenly coated with sauce. I like the leaves crunchy, so I do not usually stir fry them for more than 1 minute.

Sprinkle fried shallots prior to serving.

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  1. 1
    January 24th, 2007 at 6:45 pm

    so funny, I finally know what romaine lettuce is called in cantonese, coz my moom always tells me over the phone, and I do not know what she’s talking bout hahaha, thanks !! ๐Ÿ™‚ this one is damn good too ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. 2
    January 24th, 2007 at 6:48 pm

    hmm, i thought i left a comment already ๐Ÿ™ Anyway I was saying :
    I just realised that yau mak is romaine lettuce. Always couldn’t figure out which vege my mom was refering to when she says yau mak haha, thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. 3
    January 25th, 2007 at 4:26 pm

    MeltingWok : They all look alike ๐Ÿ˜‰

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