Stir Fried Yau Mak with Garlic

Stir-Fried Yau Mak with Garlic is a well-liked and sought-after Zi Char dish that highlights the freshness and simplicity of Chinese lettuce, known as Yau Mak. This delightful stir-fry features crisp and tender Yau Mak leaves cooked with fragrant garlic and a light seasoning, allowing the natural sweetness of the vegetable to shine through. The dish’s popularity lies in its quick preparation, which retains the vegetable’s vibrant color and crunch, and the savory aroma of garlic infusing every bite. With its delicate flavors and wholesome appeal, Stir-Fried Yau Mak with Garlic has become a favorite choice among diners seeking a light, nutritious, and satisfying addition to their Zi Char dining experience.

Why Do People Love Stir Fried Yau Mak with Garlic

In the realm of stir-fried dishes, Stir Fried Yau Mak with Garlic holds a special place in the hearts of food enthusiasts. Firstly, its sheer simplicity makes it accessible to both seasoned cooks and beginners. With just a handful of ingredients, this dish allows the fresh flavours of Yau Mak to shine through. The crunchy texture of Yau Mak, coupled with the fragrant aroma of garlic, creates a delightful harmony that keeps people coming back for more.

Secondly, Stir Fried Yau Mak with Garlic offers a healthy and nutritious option for those seeking a balanced diet. Yau Mak, packed with essential vitamins and minerals, adds a vibrant touch to the dish. The garlic enhances the flavour but also boosts the immune system and reduces inflammation. 

Making Stir Fried Yau Mak with Garlic Yourself

making Stir Fried Yau Mak with Garlic yourself

If you’re making this dish yourself, here’s a recipe that you can try out.


  • 1 pound Yau Mak (Chinese lettuce or baby bok choy)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 5 minutes

Servings: 4

How To Cook Stir Fried Yau Mak with Garlic

Step 1

Wash the Yau Mak thoroughly and trim off the ends. Cut the Yau Mak into bite-sized pieces.

Step 2

Heat the vegetable oil in a wok or large skillet over medium heat. Add the minced garlic and stir-fry for 1-2 minutes until fragrant.

Step 3

Increase the heat to high and add the Yau Mak to the wok. Stir-fry for 2-3 minutes until the leaves wilt slightly but still retain their crunch.

Step 4

Drizzle the soy sauce over the Yau Mak and sprinkle with sugar. Toss the ingredients together to ensure even coating.

Step 5

Season with salt and pepper according to your taste preferences. Stir-fry for an additional minute to allow the flavours to meld.

Step 6

Remove the Stir Fried Yau Mak with Garlic from the heat and transfer it to a serving dish.

Step 7

Serve hot as a delightful side dish or as a main course when accompanied by steamed rice or noodles.

Serving Stir Fried Yau Mak with Garlic With Other Dishes 

Stir Fried Yau Mak complements perfectly with succulent Sweet and Sour Chicken, creating a harmonious balance of flavours. Additionally, you can savour it alongside a steaming bowl of Vegetable Fried Rice or as a refreshing accompaniment to a plate of Ginger Soy Glazed Salmon.

Nutritional/Health Benefits

  1. Vitamins and Minerals: Yau Mak (Chinese lettuce) is rich in vitamins A, C, and K, as well as minerals like potassium and calcium, supporting immune function, bone health, and overall well-being.
  2. Antioxidants: Yau Mak contains antioxidants like beta-carotene, helping to protect the body from oxidative stress and inflammation.
  3. Low-Calorie Option: The dish is relatively low in calories, making it suitable for those watching their calorie intake while enjoying a flavorful and satisfying meal.
  4. Dietary Fiber: Yau Mak is a good source of dietary fiber, promoting healthy digestion and aiding in bowel regularity.
  5. Garlic Benefits: The inclusion of garlic in the stir-fry adds potential health benefits, including antimicrobial properties and potential cholesterol-lowering effects.
  6. Balanced Flavor Profile: Stir-Fried Yau Mak with Garlic offers a delightful balance of textures and flavors, appealing to a wide range of palates.
  7. Quick and Easy Preparation: The dish’s quick stir-frying method helps retain the nutritional value of the vegetable, making it a wholesome and nourishing choice.
  8. Vegan-Friendly Option: The dish is suitable for vegetarians when made without any animal products, providing a nutritious plant-based option.
  9. Nutrient Retention: Stir-frying Yau Mak with garlic helps retain the nutritional value of the vegetable, making it a wholesome and nourishing dish.

Visit Lao Li Da Pai Dang For An Authentic Zi Char Experience

The above recipe is just one of the many ways to making this dish. 

If you’re looking to enjoy delicious Stir-Fried Yau Mak with Garlic without all the hassle and preparation time, while discovering a unique version that our customers can’t get enough of, then come on down to our restaurant for an enjoyous dine-in or takeaway, and experience it for yourself, only at Lao Li Da Pai Dang!

Whether you’re in the mood for this, or wish to explore other dishes, our extensive zi char menu promises to delight at every turn. At Lao Li Da Pai Dang, the warm and inviting ambience, coupled with attentive service, creates a family-friendly and inclusive atmosphere that only adds to the enjoyment whenever you visit and dine with us. 

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