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Dec 19, 2008 03:38 PM

Chinese chives

The markets in my neighborhood are full of Chinese chives. They look wonderful, but I don't know what to do with them. I welcome some suggestions.

Thank you.

Michael Rodriguez

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  1. I use them for making pork and chive dumplings and for the usual dipping sauce that goes with them (water, soy sauce, sugar, rice vinegar, sesame oil, a bit of red pepper, and chives).

    You can also use them pretty much anywhere you would use the green portion of green onions.

    The challenge is to find a way to use up the whole bunch, which is HUGE at my market.

    1. Chinese chives are actually garlic chives. They have a mild garlic flavor and can be used as you would a small amount of regular garlic. Rinse very well, chop in small rounds and add a few tablespoons to a sauté, or a pinch here and there where you want a hint of garlic...salad dressings, marinades, diping sauces, etc. They are very easy to grow in a home garden and reseed after flowering a lovely white flower in mid to late August. I've had a patch in my garden for more than 15 years!

      1. Chinese chives go extremely well with beef. Just stir fry with oyster sauce (not too much), tastes great!