I always wondered who named this dish Chap Chye (mixed vegetables) as I don’t see any other vegetables except cabbage here. Hmm… It would be great if someone could enlighten me.
Some Chap Chye is cooked with red fermented beancurd while others add tau cheong (fermented soy bean). However, my mum does not add any of these and it is still delicious. One man’s meat is another man’s poison. How true ya! I have not tasted or tried adding tau cheong in this dish before so I do not know how it would taste like. But my mother-in-law adds red fermented beancurd in hers to give it a yummy flavour, so I have followed her method in this recipe. Hope you’ll like what I am about to share with you.
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Serves 4 to 5 persons
1 small head of cabbage, washed and cut into big pieces
1 carrot, washed and cut into slices
30 grams of glass noodles, soaked until soft
40 grams of dried lily buds, soaked until soft then tie into knots
40 grams of black fungus, soaked until expanded then cut into small pieces
10 dried mushrooms, soaked until expanded then cut into half
5 bean curd stick, soaked until soft, cut into big chunks
1 ½ cm ginger, cut into thin slices
4 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
3 pieces of fermented bean curd, mashed
3 tablespoons of cooking oil
1 tablespoon of light soy sauce
1 tablespoon oyster sauce
½ teaspoon sesame oil
A pinch of sugar
A pinch of salt (if necessary)
- Heat up the oil in a frying pan, sauté the ginger and garlic until fragrant
- Add the mashed fermented bean curd and stir fry for 1 minute.
- Then add the cabbage and carrots and mix well.
- Add the rest of the ingredients; black fungus, mushrooms, lily buds and bean curd sticks and stir fry for a couple of minutes.
- Add enough water to cover the ingredients, seasoning, and the glass noodles and mix well. Bring it to boil.
- Lower the heat and cover the pan with the lid. Simmer for 30 minutes.
- Serve with hot steamed rice.
- Ingredients and seasoning are just a guide.
- I do not have the mushrooms and lily buds at the time when I was cooking this dish so I have omitted them.
- This dish is flexible in the sense that you can add or omit any of the ingredients given above.
- You can make this dish a day or two in advance as this dish taste better the following day.
One thought on “Recipe: Chap Chye (Mixed Vegetables Stew)”
Thanks for sharing. I add fermented beancurd when cooking this dish. Then I improvised a little by adding tau cheo and a little fermented beancurd. It tastes just as good.