Liuzhou Laowai

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Friday Food 148 – Garlic Scapes

 Friday Food is an occasional article about one of the more unusual food items to be found in Liuzhou that week. This week a true a bit of ‘scapism.

Garlic scapes are the green shoots which rise from the bulb and carry the plants’ flowers. They are seldom seen in western countries, as they are removed as soon as they appear in order to concentrate the garlic’s ‘growing energy’ into the bulbs. In China, they are grown as a vegetable.

Garlic Scapes

Garlic Scapes

Known as 蒜苔 in Chinese, scapes can be eaten raw or cooked, but the Chinese way is nearly always to stir-fry them, either on their own or in other dishes such as this. They are crisp and have a mild garlic flavour.

Fish Fragrant Shredded Pork – 鱼香肉丝

They can also be grilled or made into a delicious pesto (recipe here).

Garlic scapes are available in late summer and cost around ¥10 / kilo. The lot pictured were 250 g and cost me 2.40  from Lianhua.  They keep well in the fridge.

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