One of my favorite Triangle-area restaurants is Super-Wok, where I first had stir-fried pea tips with garlic (also called pea shoots). My version, like theirs, is fairly hot and spicy, but you can adjust it to make it your own.
I love finding new vegetables and really love finding out that something I'd been composting was actually a delicacy. Use this recipe to cook fresh greens in about ten minutes. You'll get the fresh pea flavor without having to shell or string the pods. The leaves have the texture of baby spinach and the stems provide a satisfying crunch, even after a quick stir-fry.
Stir-Fried Pea Shoots with Ginger and Garlic, Super-Wok Style
Active time: 10 minutes. Total time: 12 minutes. Make four big servings or eight side-dish servings.
- 1 pound pea shoots (454 grams)
- 6 cloves garlic
- 1 tablespoon fresh minced ginger
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- Mince garlic and set aside. Pick over pea shoots, removing any yellowed or bruised parts. If you spot a few pea flowers, reserve one as garnish for each person. Rinse pea shoots well in three changes of water, then spin dry in a salad spinner. Usually the shoots will be under four inches long and won't need any other preparation, but if you have very long ones, cut them into sections.
- Put on a clean towel to dry a little more. Rinse pea flowers and set aside.
- Mince ginger and measure remaining ingredients.
- Heat wok following the manufacturer's instructions. (I turn my electric wok up to high.) Pour oil down side of wok. Add garlic and ginger. Stir and cook until fragrant, about 20 seconds. Add pea shoots, stirring them constantly as they wilt, for about two minutes.
- Pour soy sauce into wok down the side and immediately cover wok. Turn heat to low and let pea shoots steam for about two minutes. Serve at once over rice or noodles or as a side dish, garnished with pea flowers if using.
- This is just my re-creation of a recipe I've enjoyed, not one provided by the Super-Wok. It's scrumptious but may not be "athenticate" as they say on their menu.
- Read more about pea shoots or pea tips in my Veg o' the Week column.