Dad’s Asian Greens, aka Dragon Food


My dad is a terrific cook, he was the first one who managed to convince my daughter to eat cooked vegetables.   I know lots of mums who also struggle with getting greens into their kids, so here’s dad’s secret: Dragon Food. He made a simple and delicious stir fried plate of greens and told a story of how dragons love to eat them to help with stomach upsets after a diet of too many rich people.  This combination of the bloodthirsty story and delicious flavours made this one of my little girl’s favourite foods.


  • 1/3 cup oyster sauce
  • 1 1/2 tbsps tamari or soy sauce
  • 2 tsps Ketchup Manis
  • 1 tbsp of water
  • 2 cloves of minced garlic 
  • 2 bunches of trimmed gai lan (Chinese broccoli) 
  • 1 tsp of coconut oil


  1. Cut gai lan so that the stems are in bite sized pieces and are on a separate part of your cutting board to the leafy bits.
  2. In a wok or fry pan add oil and bring to a medium heat.
  3. Add garlic and stems and stir fry for a couple of minutes.
  4. Add the sauces and water and stir.
  5. Add the leafy parts and stir till everything is tender.
  6. Pop on a plate and enjoy with rice and your favourite Asian main course (I like to add some Sriracha to my greens – we call it ‘the breath of the dragon’!).

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