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How To Cook Chinese Broccoli (Gai Laan)

1. Open The Chinese Broccoli

  • Take the Chinese Broccoli out of the refrigerator.
  • Remove the plastic bag the broccoli is in.
Open The Chinese Broccoli From The Plastic Bags (44k)
Open The Chinese Broccoli

2. Place Chinese Broccoli In A Pot

  • Place the Chinese Broccoli in a pot of water.
  • If the Chinese Broccoli is too long to fit in the pot, then cut the broccoli in half.
Prepare To Clean The Chinese Broccoli By Putting In A Pot Of Water (34k)
Chinese Broccoli In A Pot Of Water

3. Clean The Chinese Broccoli

  • Clean the Chinese Broccoli with both hands.
  • Move the Chinese Broccoli in the pot.
  • The movement of the water removes the dirt from the Chinese Broccoli. Also wash the stem.
  • Wash all the Chinese Broccoli and place in a clean bowl for cutting.
Use Both Hands To Clean The Chinese Broccoli.  Make Water Movement In the Pot.  (31k)
Wash The Chinese Broccoli

4. Another Picture Of Cleaning Chinese Broccoli

  • When a piece of Chinese Broccoli is cleaned, place the cleaned Chinese Broccoli in another bowl.
Use The Second Bowl For The Clean Chinese Broccoli (35k)
Place Clean Chinese Broccoli In A Clean Bowl

5. Begin Cutting Chinese Broccoli

  • Take a few Chinese Broccoli.
  • Assuming a right handed cutter, take the left hand and hold the stem part.
  • Then cut the Chinese Broccoli in half.
  • If the Chinese Broccoli is already cut in half from the wash, then take a few Chinese Broccoli and go to Step 6.
Holding The Stem, Cut The Chinese Broccoli In Half (34k)
Cut Chinese Broccoli In Half

6. Combine and Cut To Pieces

  • Combine the halves together.
  • Assuming a right handed cutter, take the left hand and hold bottom part of all of the halves.
  • Then cut the Chinese Broccoli in pieces.
  • Place the pieces in a new bowl.
  • It's optional to cut the skin on the steams because it can be bitter after it's cooked.
Combining The Halves Together, Cut Chinese Broccoli Into Little Pieces.  Picture Shows The Left Hand Holding The Halves And Cutting Into Pieces. (32k)
Cut The Halves To Pieces Together

7. Boil Water

  • Fill a pot with 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch water.
  • Heat pot on high temperature to boil water.
boil Water In A Pot To Steam The Chinese Broccoli.  Pot Filled With 1/4 Inch Water. (19k)
Fill Pot 1/4 Inch Water

8. Cooking Chinese Broccoli

  • The water is boiling.
  • Add the Chinese Broccoli.
Add Chinese Broccoli To boiling Water (24k)
Cook The Chinese Broccoli

9. Steam The Chinese Broccoli

  • Stir the Chinese Broccoli occasionally.
  • The longer the Chinese Broccoli is cooked, the softer it becomes.
  • When the Chinese Broccoli is boiling, remove from the pot.
Stir The Chinese Broccoli.  When It's boiling, Remove. (25k)
Stir Chinese Broccoli While Steaming

10. Ready To Eat

  • The Chinese Broccoli is ready to eat.
  • Don't forget to turn off the stove.
Cooked Chinese Broccoli In A Serving Bowl (61k)
Ready To Eat


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