Wednesday, 10 December 2008


Garlic chives are also known as Chinese chives, Chinese leek, kucai, jiu cai or Oriental garlic chives. The leaves are similar to onion or garlic leaves, except that it is totally flat and not hollow like conventional chives. It is used as a vegetable and herb, unlike the normal chives, which is used as a herb. It also has attractive flowers, which are also used in stir fries.

The flavour of garlic chives is more like garlic than chives, though much milder. In China, Malaysia and Singapore, they are often used to make dumplings. As a vegetable, it is usually fried with bean curd or with bean curd and bean sprouts. It is also widely used as a vegetable to accompany fried noodle dishes in Malaysian style cooking.(Source: Wikipedia)

Garlic Chives Flowers


Usha said...

Very informative post, I have never used these chives yet :-)

VG said...

Thank you Usha. The aroma of the chives is beautiful. As a veg, you can cook it with some garlic and onion sauteed, add some tofu and seasoned with soy sauce and/or (vegetarian) oyster sauce. Make sure not to over cook the chives.