Side Dishes

Stir-fried Seasonal Vegetables (清炒時菜)

Stir-fried Seasonal Vegetables (清炒時菜)

For anyone looking to indulge in the comforting flavors of homestyle Chinese cooking, 清炒時菜 or Stir-fried Seasonal Vegetables is a go-to dish. This dish is all about simplicity and freshness. It lets the natural taste of the vegetables shine, making it a perfect side dish for any Chinese meal. Quick to prepare and incredibly versatile, this dish is a staple in Chinese households.
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Chinese


  • 500 g seasonal vegetables such as bok choy, snow pea leaves, or Chinese broccoli
  • 3-4 cloves garlic finely minced
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Salt to taste
  • A dash of white pepper
  • 1-2 tablespoons water optional
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil optional, for flavor



  • Wash the vegetables thoroughly to remove any dirt or grit. Drain and set aside. If using leafy vegetables like bok choy, you can chop them into smaller, manageable pieces.

Heat the Wok:

  • Place a wok or a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the vegetable oil and let it heat up.

Garlic Flavor:

  • Once the oil is hot, add the minced garlic to the wok. Stir-fry for about 20-30 seconds or until it becomes aromatic. Be careful not to let it burn.

Stir-fry the Vegetables:

  • Add the prepared vegetables to the wok. Stir-fry for about 2-4 minutes, depending on the type and cut of the vegetable. The goal is to cook them until they're tender but still crisp.


  • Sprinkle salt and white pepper over the vegetables, adjusting to taste.

Add Water (Optional):

  • If the vegetables seem a bit dry or are not cooking evenly, you can add 1-2 tablespoons of water to help them steam a little.

Final Touch:

  • If using sesame oil, drizzle it over the vegetables for extra flavor. Give everything one final stir.


  • Once the vegetables are cooked to your liking, transfer them to a serving dish and serve immediately.

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