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
- 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
- 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.
- Drizzle oyster sauce on the lettuce in a zig-zag manner.
- Heat oil in a wok and fry the ginger, shallots and garlic till golden brown.
- Place the ginger, shallots and garlic on the lettuce and drizzle the oil over the lettuce.
- Garnish and serve.