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Stir-fried Leeks with Vegetables

Stir-fry Chinese Leeks Recipe

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Chinese love to eat leeks during Chinese New Year (commonly on the eve and 7th day) because of its Chinese name – 蒜苗/大蒜 (Suan Miao/Da Suan), where “蒜” sounds like calculating (“算”) in Mandarin. Due to the similar sounds, it is believed that eating leeks is an auspicious symbol of wealth (lots of money to count) in the coming year. Although I never believe in any of the auspicious food symbolism, I think it’s fun to cook and eat festively. Here is a meatless recipe for leeks, stir-fried in taucheo (soy bean paste) with vegetables like mushrooms, baby corn and carrots.

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I’ve used leeks for western cooking (such as in the classic potato and leek soup and chicken pot pie) but in Chinese cooking, it’s pretty common to see them in stir fries.

Stir-fry Chinese Leeks Recipe

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22 Responses to “Stir-fried Leeks with Vegetables”

  1. daphne — January 27, 2011 @ 10:15 am

    Easy but with good meaning behind it. I love exploring the use of other veges other than bak choy or choy sum!


  2. peachkins — January 27, 2011 @ 12:03 pm

    I love how you cut the mushroom!


  3. TasteHongKong — January 27, 2011 @ 1:39 pm

    A good demonstration showing a meatless dish can be full of aroma.


  4. MaryMoh — January 27, 2011 @ 4:15 pm

    A very healthy dish that’s perfect for any meal.


  5. Little Corner of Mine — January 28, 2011 @ 12:16 am

    I would love to eat leek too but the leek here is triple the size of the leek in Asia. Not sure taste the same or not.


  6. mycookinghut — January 28, 2011 @ 2:11 am

    Love this simple fish that is full of flavours and goodness!


  7. pigpigscorner — January 28, 2011 @ 5:11 am

    The leeks are like spring onions! The leeks here in the UK are so huge, I only use them in stews and soups.


  8. tigerfish — January 28, 2011 @ 6:47 am

    Hope you have lots of money to 算! : p Agree! The leeks look like scallions/spring onions. The leeks here are much bigger.


  9. Reeni — January 28, 2011 @ 9:37 am

    This is so fresh, light, healthy, vibrant and delicious! I love leeks and don’t cook with them often enough.


  10. Shirley@kokken69 — January 29, 2011 @ 2:45 pm

    Indeed, my mum would always cook something similar to this. I think yours look more appetizing than my mother’s…