Friday, February 26, 2010

Fried Mustard Greens With Chicken Fat 雞油炒芥菜頭

For every successful meal; we need some good supporting casts to compliment the main dishes and this is a very good example of such casts. Mustard greens has to be one of the most versatile Asian greens around - It can be pickled, stewed or stir fried. Just a little chicken fat can turn a simple dish into something quite special, sadly in this health conscious age less and less restaurants are using animal fats in their cooking. This goes wonderfully with braised pork or other rich stews.

serves 4 as part of Chinese meal;
you'll need 500g of mustard greens, washed and sliced
1 tbs of chicken fat or peanut oil
2 tbs of chicken crackling 
a knob of ginger, julienned
1 large chilli, cut into long strips
2 garlic cloves, sliced
1/4 cup of chicken stock or vegetable stock
dash of Chinese cooking wine
salt and white pepper to taste

Have you ingredients ready.

In a hot wok, saute ginger, garlic and half of the chillies with chciken fat for 30 seconds then add in the mustard greens. Add the rest of the ingredients and fry on high heat for a minute or two, be careful not to over cooked the vegetable.

Dish it up, top with the other half of the chilies and scatter the chicken crackling over.

I served it with braised pork knuckle with Chinese black vinegar and plenty of steamed rice.


  1. I adore mustard greens! Using chicken fat to stir-fry is a great idea.

  2. Haha I didn't see this coming :) What a great surprise! My grandmother used lard and chicken fat to fry vegetables too, this is bringing back good memories, thank you!

  3. dommage on a pas de feuilles de moutarde ton plat doit être délicieux j'aimerai bien y gouter
    bonne journée

  4. Yes, I'm with you. For any great cooks, they need handsome/beautiful supporting casts, and I am your supporting cast!! :P

  5. Harriet from CarltonFebruary 26, 2010 at 8:37 PM

    It looks like a wonderful dish! That very little chicken fat is not going to do much harm haha. I love roast potatoes with duck fat so I can imagine the aromas you mentioned.

  6. Angie,
    Haha my late grandma loved dishes like this.

    shanshan ,
    Oh mine too! hehe


    Haha I bet you will be a very handsome supporting cast!

    Thank you! No I can't stress enough how little is needed to turn an ordinary dish into something quite memorable.

  7. That looks good! I don't mind using a little chicken fat if it is going to be delicious!

  8. usually don't like chicken fat...but little fat can give wonderful taste to a dish. Lovely pics.

  9. Doesn't sound too delicious to me but then I think about what you said about roasted potatoes with duck fat and also a big fan of fried chicken lol.

  10. In chicken fat!!! thats really good...the veggies taste liek chicken!!! Pork looks really yummy...

  11. Looks awesome. Like the way that you have julienned some veggies. Very colorful dish!

  12. oh that looks so make the most beautiful dishes!

  13. LMH,
    Thank you! You are absolutely right!

    Pravs ,
    Thank you! Just a little does wonder!

    KL girl in MELB,
    Haha something you have to taste it to appreciate it.

    Thank you! It just has a really nice aroma and it doesn't taste like chicken at all hehe

    Cool Lassi(e) ,
    Thank you very much!

    oh thank you very much! :)

  14. Elderly loves using animals lard in making stir fry dish. I like eating white rice with animals lard & light soy sauce when I was little. But not any more! And that black vinegar dish is my favourite too. Hmm...mmm...

  15. 我以前也愛用雞油,老了就少用了,哈哈!賣像十分不錯哦!

  16. How wonderful to include the greens in your meal in this creative and delicious way! Excellent side dish!

  17. Darling! This is so naughty! haha! I remember how you used to ask for more pork crackling for your prawn mee. Beautiful looking dish!
    The pasta with sausage was a success, I did use both yellow and red cherry tomatoes :)
    Sophia xxx

  18. Awesome, great use of cracklins!

  19. Looks very delicious again! I have not used chicken fat or crackling for a long, long time. We ate that when we were young. I must try this again some day. The flavour is awesome.

  20.'s amazing to see how well you combine the veggies/greens with meat...hats off to you :-)

  21. My Little Space ,
    Haha that is true! Once in a while is ok I think! :)

    大肥 ,
    哈哈!我也不長用 :)謝謝!

    5 Star Foodie ,
    Thank you very much! :)

    Haha it is very naughty I know :)

    Sophia darling,
    Yes that was a little too much :p
    I'm so glad it turned out well! xxx

    Thank you! No can't go to waste :)

    I think it should be a revival of this wonderful ingredient. Please do!

    Thank you very much! :)

  22. Comme d'habitude, une recette très savoureuse.
    A bientôt.

  23. Wooo...the braised pork knuckle is distracting me from the mustard greens.

  24. What a vibrant looking dish that is! It is a wonderful idea using chicken fat fore simple stir fries like this! And that pork .... :)

  25. I like food cooked with chicken oil and lard, taste so much better!

  26. You are right! Flavours and taste are being sacrificed in the name of health. I remember very vividly the little jar of beef dripping that she used for her delicious roast potatoes! Very vibrant looking dish, I bet it tastes really great too!

  27. Hi Lady, your dishes here are works of art.
    Others cook, but you create.
    Your presentation would make any Hilton or Sheraton food manger bite his fingers.
    There is nothing more appealing on this planet than of a beautiful wife, mother in the act of cooking for her loved ones.

    You have a pleasant weekend and keep a song in your heart. Best regards, Lee.

  28. Beautiful looking dish buddy! Hope you are able to join us at the picnic!

  29. Saveurs et Gourmandises ,
    merci beaucoup!

    Thank you!

    tigerfish ,
    haha well it is only going to be a good supporting cast anyway :)

    Thank you very much!

    Oh I'm so glad to hear that! )

    CW ,
    Haha :) I bet it was good!

    Uncle Lee ,
    Thanks for the kind words! I think it is great to cook for people you love and care for :)

    I shall give you a call tmr!


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