About this recipe:Of late, many restaurants have come up with an innovative way of cutting vegetables, turning them into pretty flowers. The good news is, they are not difficult to make at all.
I have paired the Bok Choy with the lavish Baby Abalones, turning the simple dish into a classy one.
1 tbsp Chinese Cooking Wine / Shaoxing Hua Tiao Wine
1 tbsp Cornstarch
1 tbsp Extra-Virgin Olive Oil / Cooking Oil
Slice off the tip of the vegetable stems. Separate leaves from the stems by cutting about ¼ from the stems as shown. Cut leaves into equal parts.
Rinse vegetables thoroughly and blanch stems in boiling water. Drain well, and transfer to serving plate.
Heat oil and sautéed garlic till fragrant. Add vegetable leaves, ginger, and empty the entire can of abalone into wok. (If you prefer less sauce, just pour half the liquid and keep the rest in an air-tight container for your next cooking session). Mix well and add seasonings. Let it simmer for couple of minutes.
Stir in cornstarch and serve your delicious Chinese New Year Baby Abalone with Bok Choy!
To make these vegetable flower art, you will need a buy a broad-based type of vegetable like Xiao Bai Cai aka Bok Choy ( 小白菜 ) in order to cut beautifully.