Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Baby Kailan With Braised Taro/Yam

This is the dish I was talking about in my previous post on HK Baby Kailan that I would love to try cooking this. Ate them at the restaurant and fell in love with it and since then it has been on my mind. I let the CNY reunion dishes take the spotlight first and now I can proudly showcase my dish  - Baby Kailan With Braised Taro/Yam to you :)  It turned out fantastically delicious and I can have the whole dish all to myself. I am so going to cook this again but with dried shrimps this time for a change  :) so that I can review and tell you which is better ! With dried shrimps or dried cuttlefish ?  Those served at the restaurant uses dried shrimps !

The taro was braised till creamy and with some garlic and shredded dried cuttlefish ( but it would taste better with dried shrimps - unfortunately I could not find them in the fridge , thus replaced it with shredded dried cuttlefish )  It turned out great just the same. It is easy and simple to prepare and I am sure those with love taro or yam will surely love this dish. I know Jo and myself just love it !!!  The most important factor is the taro must be a good one ( meaning- after cooking it must be creamy  ) and the Baby Kailan must be tender young .

tender young baby kailan would be ideal
for this dish

Stir & mix the baby kailan into the braised taro 
as easy as ABC :)

Taro lovers would definitely love this dish :)

Baby Kailan With Braised Taro/Yam


300 gms baby kailan - keep the tender young ones - wash and drain
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp salt

1/2 taro - cut into cubes
some shredded dried cuttlefish
some garlic - chopped
2 tbsp of olive oil
1 cup water
1 tsp of chicken granules
1 tsp of white pepper
salt to taste


Boil a pot of water , enough to blanch the kailan , add salt and olive oil to the water and blanch the kailan for 5-6 minutes till soft and cooked. Drain dry and left aside. Meanwhile heat up a non stick wok, add 2 tbsp of olive oil, saute the garlic and cuttlefish till fragrant. Add in the taro cubes and stir fry till evenly mixed. Add in 1 cup of water and chicken granules and braised the taro till creamy and soft and the water has reduced 1/4 . Add in the cooked kailan and stir fry till well mixed. Dish up and serve warm with a bowl of piping hot steamed rice.

Enjoy !

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  1. Oh yes, I saw this on your last post. Lunch with friends at a restaurant. I was intrigued by this too. Definitely have never tried mixing this two together before. haha.... It's a must try recipe. Hopefully, hubby will like it. Am too busy with tomorrow party preparation. I saw your comment saying that you baked at 3am! OMG! haha.... You're unbelieveable. haha... Time to bed already!
    Good night,

  2. New to me but it sounds really good! I think it will be good with dried shrimps. Will have to give it a try real soon. Thanks for sharing the recipe :)

  3. mouthwatering .. love greens in a plate .. anytime .. looking way too yummy

  4. I like Kai Lan but not really fond of Yam. Usually just celur like that. Hmmm wonder if it will goes well yam replace with arrowhead root

  5. I've only had this at restaurants too but never tried cooking. The taro looks so creamy and delicious. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  6. this i=dish look really unique and it looks good :)

  7. Love this dish. I think I will pick oot all the taro to enjoy first :D

  8. i love anything with yam, never thought of cooking this with vege, thanks for the idea..yummy!

  9. Hi Elin-I never had this before and now I really want to give it a try. Looks so fresh and healthy:)Hope you are having a lovely week!

  10. Very interesting way of cooking kailan! A must-try!

  11. Kristy....hahaha yea 3am no joke :p try this recipe..you will love it if you like taro/yam

    Biren....yea a famos dish in chinese restaurants...you must try it out :)

    Kankana....yea it is delicious :)

    Kathy...I am not sure about kailan with arrowhead root :)

    Jen....this taste the same as those served in chinese restaurants :)

    Janice....it is...you must try this out :)

    Mary...the beauty is to eat together :) Try it and see and you will believe what I say :)

    Lena....ohhh you must try this then...you will love it :)

    Lora...it is :) thanks for dropping by :)

    Ann...do try this and tell me whether you like it. Chinese restaurants have them as one of their signature dish :)

  12. Hey, I've bookmarked this as both yam and baby kailan are my favourites.....

  13. Cooked this over the weekend and it was absolutely delicious but alas the men in the house refused to eat the yam and only picked at the vege. what's with men and yam? Me? I loved it.


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