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Chinese Broccoli

This is such an easy and quick side dish. It tastes amazingly complex involving just the three ingredients. Simplicity is really the key to making delicious food.


  1. 1 bunch Gai Lan (Chinese broccoli), trimmed
  2. 2 tablespoons white sugar
  3. 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  4. 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  5. 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  6. 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  7. 3 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  8. 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger root
  9. 2 cloves garlic, minced


Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add the Chinese broccoli and cook uncovered until just tender, about 4 minutes. Drain and set aside.

Meanwhile, whisk the sugar, cornstarch, soy sauce, vinegar, sesame oil, hoisin sauce, ginger, and garlic together in a small saucepan over medium heat until thickened and no longer cloudy, 5 to 7 minutes. Toss the broccoli in the sauce and serve.