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Gai lan (Chinese broccoli) with tofu stir-fry

One of the easiest ways to add more greens to your meal is to stir-fry them. In Chinese cooking, veggie stir-fry is a staple to a meal. This gai lan with tofu stir-fry is easy-to-make and a perfect way to add this delightful dish to any meal.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Asian, Cantonese, Chinese
Keyword: 30-minute, Stirfry
Servings: 2
Author: woonheng


  • 1 lb baby Gai lan (Chinese broccoli) cleaned and trimmed off the ends
  • 4 slices ginger
  • 2 garlic cloves sliced
  • 1 red jalapeno sliced
  • 5 oz tofu sliced
  • 1 tablespoon Shaoxing wine
  • 1 teaspoon salt separated
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • cornstarch
  • cup water
  • neutral oil

Tofu marinade


  • Combine all the tofu marinade ingredients in a bowl and stir until the sugar has melted.
  • To prepare the tofu, coat the slices generously with 1 tablespoon of cornstarch. Then, pour the marinade over and coat the tofu slices evenly with it.
  • Next, heat a non-stick skillet and add 2 teaspoons of oil. Pan-fry the tofu slices until golden brown. Transfer to a plate and set it aside.
  • Now, heat a large wok and add 2 teaspoons of oil. Add the gai lan and quickly toss until the leaves are covered with oil. Season with ½ teaspoon of salt and sugar. Transfer to a bowl for later.
  • Meanwhile, mix together 1 teaspoon of cornstarch and ½ teaspoon of salt in ⅓ cup of water until well-combined.
  • Using the same wok, add another tablespoon of oil and sauté the ginger slices until aromatic.
  • Continue to cook the garlic slices and chile for a few seconds. Place the gai lan back in and add a swirl of Shaoxing wine, then toss to combine.
  • Next, fold in the tofu and add in the cornstarch slurry. Toss all the ingredients until all incorporated or until most of the sauce has been absorbed.
  • Turn off the heat and serve this dish warm with a side of rice.



  • I'm using baby gai lan in this recipe, for other types of gai lan, please check "How to properly cook gai lan" above.