A Collection of Choy Sum Recipes 油菜食谱 

 Here are a few choy sum recipes for your consideration.

Choy sum stems and leaves are slender and thin. The stems are pale green while the leaves are dark green. It is mild tasting. It adds texture and bulk, not flavour to the dishes it is added to. 

Although it can be the main ingredient, it is more commonly used as a complementary ingredient or as a side dish.

Choy sum soup

Choy sum soup

Here is a quick soup recipe using imitation crab sticks.  


  • 100g imitation crab
  • 3 stalks of choy sum
  • 500ml soup stock
  • Salt and pepper
  • Sesame seed oil


  1. Remove the imitation crab from the package. Depending on their size and your preference, you can halve or quarter them
  2. Cut the choy sum into bite-sized sections and wash thoroughly
  3. Bring the soup stock to a boil in a soup pot
  4. Add the imitation crab sticks
  5. Let it cook until the sticks are slightly soft then add the stem parts of the choy sum.
  6. When the stems are slightly soft, add the rest of the choy sum. 
  7. Cover the pot and let it cook for another minute 
  8. Season with salt and pepper to taste
  9. Drizzle with sesame seed oil before serving. 

From this basic soup recipe, substitute the imitation crab sticks with fresh shrimps, fish balls or fish cakes, pork slices, etc. 

See this cooking video of a vegetarian soup with tofu and choy sum. 

Blanched choy sum

It is common to stir-fry choy sum at home. My problem with stir-frying choy sum or any leafy vegetables is I tend to overcook them. I also find it messy, oily, and dangerous, especially oil splatters. 

Blanching the choy sum first is a good alternative. Here is a recipe: Oyster Sauce Choy Sum


  • 3-4 stalks of choy sum
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 2 tbsp of sesame seed oil 
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 2 small cloves of garlic (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon of fried shallots (optional)


  1. Cut the choy sum into sections that can fit on your serving plate. Soak for a couple of minutes before rinsing and draining for use. 
  2. In a small bowl, mix the oyster sauce, sesame seed oil and water
  3. Bring a big pot of water to a boil, add a pinch of salt and cooking oil
  4. Add the choy sum and cook them until they are slightly soft but still green
  5. Remove and drain well.
  6. Arrange the cooked choy sum on your serving plate neatly
  7. Drizzle the oyster sauce mixture onto the vegetables
  8. Garnish with some fried crispy shallots before serving. 

For a more fragrant dish, you can heat up the oyster sauce mixture with some chopped garlic before drizzling over the choy sum. 

Here is a video demonstrating the blanching technique. 

For those who has better stir-frying skills, you can try the following recipes: 

Stir-fried chicken choy sum (Morgane Recipes)

Ingredients can be found in the description. Watch the video for directions. 

Stir fry choy sum with shrimp (Cooking With My Family)

Ingredients can be found in the description and directions in the video. 

I like this lady’s frying pan. It is deep enough to resemble a wok, but it has a flat bottom which works great for western stovetops, and it is non-stick. 

Ingredients Notebook

The recipes here feature some uncommon ingredients. They are available in Amazon.

Maesri Fried Shallot, 7 Oz (Amazon)

Nonya Empire Fragrant Fried Shallot in Oil 180g (Shopee)

Lee Kum Kee Premium Oyster Sauce, 18 oz Glass Bottles (Amazon)

Lee Kum Kee Oyster Sauce (Shopee) 

Trans-Ocean Products, Imitation Crab Classic Flake, 8 oz (Amazon)

Frozen Imitation Snow Crab leg meat 180g (Shopee)

I hope you find this collection of choy sum recipes useful. Don't forget to check out the article on How to cook choy sum

Happy Souping, Phoebe

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