siew pak choy mushrooms

Siew Pak Choy (in Cantonese) is one of my favourite vegetables as it is simple to cook and has the crispy texture I look for in vegetables. It can simply be blanched and flavoured with oyster sauce but I’ve decided to do something extra. In this recipe, I braise some shiitake mushrooms and pour the gravy over the siew pak choy to give it a more “classy” feel to this simple dish. A little bit of effort goes a long way to make a dish look and taste better.

This is my recipe for Siew Pak Choy with Braised Mushrooms



  • 200 grammes of siew pak choy (rinsed clean and cut between stem and leaves. Separate stems from leaves)
  • 5 shiitake mushrooms or chinese dried mushrooms (if latter, soak overnight till soft)
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 3 cloves garlic (chopped finely)
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 3 tablespoons palm oil



  • 1 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 1 teaspoon abalone sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon fish sauce
  • Salt to taste
  • A dash or two of white pepper powder
  • 2 teaspoons chinese cooking wine



Heat oil in wok and saute garlic on medium high heat till light brown. Remove fried garlic.

With remaining oil in wok, stir fry mushrooms for 1 minute. Add chicken stock and 1/2 cup water. Add seasoning (except chinese cooking wine) and allow to boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to simmer till gravy reduced to 1/2 cup. (This should take about 5 to 10 minutes)

Meanwhile, bring to boil a large pot of water. Add 1 tablespoon palm oil and 2 teaspoons salt. Then add siew pak choy stems followed by leaves 15 seconds later. Once leaves turn colour to dark green, remove siew pak choy from pot and arrange them on a plate.

Once gravy reduced to a thick sauce, add chinese cooking wine (if you want to, add 1 tablespoon of potato starch to thicken sauce to your liking) and stir well.

Pour gravy and mushroom over the siew pak choy and garnish with fried garlic.



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  1. 1
    April 11th, 2007 at 4:33 pm

    do u know the secret to making ur dried mushrooms soft and fluffy int he fastest way?

    some say soak in sugar water, but my mom’s way it the best, soak in water with tapioca powder …

  2. 2
    April 12th, 2007 at 1:11 pm

    Looks like you put your fish sauce to good use eh!

  3. 3
    April 12th, 2007 at 3:33 pm

    whoa like restoran punya standard!!! *thumbs up*

  4. 4
    April 13th, 2007 at 12:05 pm

    earl_ku : Really? I didn’t know can soak in water with tapioca flour.

    simcooks : LOL! You still remembered my first “fish sauce” recipe. Yeah, it lends a unique taste to the dish 😉

    babe_kl : Thank you thank you! This still pales in comparison to many other food blogs. But must learn to improve 🙂

  5. 5
    April 14th, 2007 at 2:19 am

    You say simple simple but it’s really restaurant-standard liow. Looks at those fat juicy shitake. Did you use dried shitake?

  6. 6
    April 14th, 2007 at 11:16 pm

    I used to cook this too, but I use broccoli instead.

    hmmm so interesting, maybe i soak in tapioca next time.
    I usually soak in warm water, so it gets soft faster, I usually don’t plan ahead, and soaking it in warm water, less than half hour can use liao 🙂

  7. 7
    Rasa Malaysia
    April 16th, 2007 at 11:47 am

    You changed your template…so nice. 🙂


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