That expensive vegetable dish you had at dim sum is called dao mew (garlic pea shoots)

Garlic Pea Shoots are the bomb

Garlic pea sprouts or “dao mew” is one of my family’s favorite Chinese dishes and can be found on many Chinese restaurant menus but more often on a dim sum cart. Unlike most Chinese vegetable dishes such as gai lan or bok choy, “dao mew” as it’s also known, is a comparatively expensive dish.

Odd because traditional garlic pea shoots is basically the stems and leaves of a young (pealess) pea plants.

There’s not much to cooking pea shoots; the shoots are steamed and stir-fried in oil, minced garlic, and water. The limited ingredients and the simple preparation is what makes garlic pea shoots delicious with their delicate texture and sweet flavor. Here’s a drawn-out recipe with some color commentary if you need a step-by-step.

Garllc pea shoots (dao mew) is also referred to as “snow pea leaves,” “pea tips” or “sauteed pea sprouts”.

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