Romaine lettuce with oyster sauce (油菜)

I went to the wet market yesterday and glanced at the vegetables at the vegetable stall. I was incredibly bored with the usual range of vegetables that was left at that time of the day since I always go down very late so that I can pick up early lunch on the way home with Alicia. It’s awfully tiring to have to lug groceries with one hand and carry a toddler who refuses to walk where I want her to go with the other hand. I haven’t even started on the sweltering heat… Anyway, that’s why I’d rather just sweat it out once and for all with a one-trip-outta-the-house! My range of vegetables has to be compromised… till someone is more obedient…

Back to the vegetables.

Xiao bai cai, cai xin, spinach, endives, broccoli…. boring stuff.

Then I saw a box of fresh-looking romaine lettuce!

In case you’re wondering, this big plate of vegetables cost me only $1! 😛 I think it’s an understatement to say that it’s a fraction of the price of the dish when you order it at a zi char stall!

Romaine lettuce with oyster sauce

romaine lettuce with oyster sauce

Romaine lettuce with oyster sauce (油菜)
Recipe type: Side Dishes
Cuisine: Chinese
  • 2-3 heads of lettuce
  • 3 shallots (sliced into thin rings)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 thumb-sized ginger (julienned) (optional)
  • 1 small piece of chilli (julienned) for garnishing (optional)
  • oyster sauce
  • water
  1. Parboil washed and plucked lettuce in boiling water (with a little oil and salt/sugar added so that the veggies look greener when served). Drain and arrange the lettuce on a serving plate.
  2. Drizzle oyster sauce on the lettuce in a zig-zag manner.
  3. Heat oil in a wok and fry the ginger, shallots and garlic till golden brown.
  4. Place the ginger, shallots and garlic on the lettuce and drizzle the oil over the lettuce.
  5. Garnish and serve.
For toddler's consumption, cut the lettuce into smaller pieces before serving.



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