Saying Gai Lan in different languages:

English: Floweing kale
Vietnamese: Cai rô
Mandarin: Jie lan

 

What is Gai Lan?

Gai Lan is also known as Chinese broccoli or Chinese kale. This vegetable is one of the most popular vegetables used in Asian restaurants around the globe. It is a thick, glossy blue-green leaves vegetable with small flowers on head, but much smaller than broccoli. One cup of Gai Lan weighs in at only 19 calories. It contains vitamin A, vitamin C, iron, calcium, and potassium. It also provides folate, fiber and a good dose of omega-3 fatty acids. It tastes similar to Broccoli but slightly bitter and stronger and belongs to same species as broccoli, Brassica oleracea.

How to use it?

Take a gai-lan leaves, wash it with the cold water and peel the thick stems to remove the outer layer and use it in your cooking

Health Benefits:

  • It contains Calcium which is good for bones.
  • It protects you from cancer.
  • It’s high in beta-carotene and contains folate and iron.
  • It is a source of vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin C and potassium.

Use in Cooking:

Gai Lan is eaten widely in Chinese cuisines, like gai-lan stir-fried with ginger and garlic, and boiled or steamed and served with oyster sauce. It is also common in Vietnamese, Burmese and Thai cuisine. It is highly used in making soup, salad, sauces.

 

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