Apart from Seafood, Vegetables are equally abundant around the island. Going green and healthy diet wise, is no difficult to adapt. Some of my colleagues at work introduced me to a few of the most common and favorite local vegetable dishes. My interest was caught by the popular Dou Miao or Snow Pea Shoots. I had my first taste of this flavorful veggie in Long Beach Seafood Restaurant. It goes very well with a lot of minced garlic. If cooked just right, the crunchy texture of the shoots provides a good mouthfeel. Indeed, it's a delicacy in its own right. I tried to cook it at home and was pleased with the outcome.
Stir-Fried Dou Miao
How to make: Heat 2 tbsps of canola oil in a wok. Stir-fry minced garlic (as generous as you may want) until fragrant. Add in Dou Miao and stir-fry until tender. Season with salt, pepper and a drizzle of sesame oil.
Another interesting find is Okra (Lady's Finger). Although this is a vegetable that can be easily found anywhere in the world or at least in Asia, the varieties of dishes that can be made out of it is diverse. I am used to having it simply steamed or blanched and dipped into soy-kalamansi sauce. Sometimes, it's also added in vegetable salad paired with sauted shrimp paste. Now, my exposure to Kopitiam & Hawker Center foods introduced me to new ways of cooking it. One of my current choice is the hot & spicy one. This is why I came up with my own version of Chili - Garlic Okra.
How to make: Heat 2 tbsps canola oil in a wok. Saute chopped onion and minced garlic until fragrant. Add in okra (cut in diagonals) and stir-fry until tender. Stir in 1 tbsp chili-garlic sauce. Season with 1 tbsp soy sauce and mix well.
The supermarket shelves are filled with a lot of healthy items and vegetable definitely makes a very fitting choice. It does feel good to veer away from sinful stuffs from time to time.