Baby Kai Lan In Braised Taro

This is the 5th dish out of the 10 I made for the New Year party a couple weeks ago. This special dish was introduced to me by Elin. She had this at a restaurant for her pre Chinese New Year gathering lunch. It looks like a weird combination and seems so strange as well. I have never had anything like mixing up taro with other green vegetables in my cooking before. Well, never try never know, right! It's quite interesting though. And would love to give it a try.

And here's what I did.

Ingredients : (serve 10)
400gm baby Kai Lan
150gm taro, sliced
50gm dried shrimp
2 tbsp chopped garlic
4 scallion, sliced
a few slices ginger, chopped
1 pce red fermented bean curd
2 cups water
salt & pepper to taste
Method :
(1) firstly, fry the sliced taro till slightly brown, set aside.
(2) by using the same wok or frying pan, stir in ginger, shallot, garlic and dried shrimps.
(3) saute untill fragrant, add in red fermented bean curd & fried taro and mix well.
(4) add in water and let them boil over medium heat untill taro became soft & tender.
(5) now, stir in all the Kai Lan and let it cook for about 3 mins or till soft.
(6) finally, add in salt & pepper to taste and off the heat.
According to Elin's review, the restaurant is using dried shredded cuttlefish in this recipe but I replacing it with dried shrimp. The addition of red fermented bean curd is a plus. It flavoured up the whole dish instantly. Though, it's a weird combo......yes, it's awesome! It's something new for my guests and they're loving it. Hope you will like it too! Enjoy.


  1. This is new to me Kristy. Never heard or tried this before. Would like to give it a try :)

  2. If I could get taro I would like to try this but I have no idea where I could get it around here :-(( Diane

  3. Yumm, very tempting and mouthwatering ...

  4. Another new one on me, Kristy! Looks good too!

  5. I don't usually like taro but this with the dried shrimp looks delicious!

  6. I've never eaten taro in a stir fried dish, looks very intriguing...!! Normally I drink Taro milk tea ;).

  7. What an interesting and flavorful combination...I have never had toro quite this way. Sounds and looks delicious :)

  8. What an interesting and flavorful combination...I have never had toro quite this way. Sounds and looks delicious :)

  9. You are educating me, Kristy. There's a whole world of delicious food I know nothinig about and yes, this does look scrumptious.

  10. Have not seen Kai Lan combined with taro before. Interesting!

  11. Yeah! I was wondering what am I gonna do with the rest of the yam after using portion of it for my nian gao kueh. Heehee, looks yummy good Kristy, gonna try it out tonight!

  12. Hmm...something new for me! looks interesting and yummy!

  13. If I could get taro, I would love to give this dish a try as it looks delicious.

  14. I like taro simply baked. this looks interesting as well.

  15. Mmmm....I love taro. Your dish looks very delicious and healthy. I can eat a big plate of it.....yum. Hope you have a wonderful day.

  16. when i get a good taro next time, i must spare some to make this dish, sound really weird but since both of you highly recommended, sure taste nice, hehehe..

  17. You have a got a real treasure of recipes, first time here and would visit more often, happy following you..

  18. Very unusual combination I must say, first time I see this dish...

  19. I have never had this kind of this before too or even heard of it but it looks delicious, I like stir-fried food. kai-lan the same as chinese broccoli?

  20. have yet to try this combo but I like stir-fried taro hehe

  21. I love this dish and am going to make again....thanks for the referral to my link :) Hope you too loves it as much as I do :)

    have a nice day Kristy,

  22. Although I have never seen this dish before I would love to try it!It looks so full of flavors!

  23. Initially I thought it was pork(neglected the title 'Taro'), it's my favourite yam, gosh(looks so good)... should try this dish at home one of these days! Thanks for sharing!

  24. i also wanted to try this out when i saw in elin's blog earlier..simply good!

  25. I never try taro in stir fry veggie, looks interesting.

  26. Very unique combination indeed. I use to think taro use to go with meat and not veggie :-)
    Look like you are only half way introducing your CNY dishes and the new year already ended. Next year I would like to celebrate new year at your house :-P

  27. Few ingredients are new to me but looks tempting!

  28. Just reading about all those dishes you made makes me tired! I hope your family appreciates what a fantastic girl you are! Have a wonderful weekend.
    *kisses* HH

  29. Ann : Me too! This is actually my first attempt.

    Diane : Well, if you're willing to take the risk. You may try with sweet potato. It probably a surprise for you.

    Divya : Thank you, dear.

    Barbara : Thank you very much.

    Belinda : Well then, try with sweet potatoes!

    Cooking Gallery : I've never tried taro milk before...but I had taro coconut milk! :o)

    Magic of Spice : Thank you very much for your nice comment.

    Claudia : Yeap, you're so right about it. And I'm learning more & more everyday.

    Tigerfish : Me too! So, hope you'll like it

    Bee : Hope you will like it.

    Angeline : So, you know what to order when you're in Ipoh next time! hehe...

  30. Bridgett : Again, I would recommend to try with sweet potato. Are you dare?

    Penny : Well. it's always great to try something new in our green veggies.

    MaryMoh : Can you get taro over there?

    Sonia : Haha... hopefully it doesn't dissappoint you!

    Soumya : Hi there, welcome to my humble little space. Hope you will like it here.

    Jeannie : Nice to try something different especially in green veggies, isn't it!

    Olive : Yes, kai lan is also called as chinese broccoli. Btw, nice to see you around. :o)

    Nammi : Thank you, dear!

    Jen : Hopefully, you will like it too!

    Elin : You're welcome! Love to try something new in my veggies. hehe...

    Katerina : Thanks! Probably, you may try it out someday.

    Alice : Haha... all the best! Hope you will spare some time for this. Well, you have 2 little helpers around.

    Jess : Yeap, it is!

    Yin : Never mind... justgo slow & steady! No rush! :o)

    Sutapa : I think so! Especially the red fermented beancurd, right?

    HH : Oh yeah, absolutely exhausted! But glad everyone enjoy the food.

    Thank you everyone for visiting & spending your valueable times here with me. It's a great pleasure for having you here. Hope you're all having a great time.

    Have a fabulous day everyone. Enjoy!

    Blessings, Kristy

  31. I'm waiting to get a good taro and really want to 'taruh' this dish!

  32. Well, here's another vegetable that I knew about, but never used yet. I need to get a little more daring in my fusion cooking and add some Taro! Thanks for the nudge Kristy ;o)

    Flavourful wishes,

  33. Wow Kristy I am so behind on your blog. It takes me so long to post comments because of my slow slow computer. So sorry. This dish looks so good. I've had taro when I lived in Hawaii.


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