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Chinese Olive Leaf in a jar I picked up in Beijing

quantabeam Jun 11, 2012 10:10 AM

Hi all,

My first post.

I recall having dished made w/this when I was in Beijing, but can't remember any of them.

Does anyone know of any dishes using Chinese olive leaf? Or even better, any recipes?


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    p0lst3r Jun 11, 2012 06:25 PM

    Pork, Green Beans and Chinese Olive Dumpling
    A famous regional dish in northern part of China, great taste of marinated olive leaf, minced pork and green beans

    I guess you can mash it up with ground pork etc to make dumplings or pork balls for soup.

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    1. re: p0lst3r
      quantabeam Jun 12, 2012 07:23 AM

      never had any in dumplings, although it sounds pretty good. i seem to recall eggplant, and maybe some other dishes that were pretty light, possibly all veg.

      1. re: p0lst3r
        Luther Jun 23, 2012 02:55 PM

        On the pork/green beans note, it's also great in a dry-fried Sichuan type green bean preparation with dry red chiles and Sichuan peppercorns.

        1. re: Luther
          quantabeam Jun 24, 2012 09:05 AM

          here's a photo of the jar.

          btw, is it really olive? or some other veg? i'd more expect to see this kind of product in spain or italy than china.

          i'm also wondering why a google search turns up nothing.

          1. re: quantabeam
            Luther Jun 24, 2012 07:00 PM

            Yup, various kinds of olive products (including salty and/or sweet dried ones as snacks) are popular across China.


            1. re: Luther
              quantabeam Jun 25, 2012 09:21 AM

              i'd been typing chinese olive leaf into google and finding nothing, but chinese olive is a slightly different story.
              ever see it w/eggplant?

              1. re: quantabeam
                Luther Jun 25, 2012 01:12 PM

                hmm... never had it with eggplant myself

            2. re: quantabeam
              M_Gomez Jun 25, 2012 11:02 PM

              We have different brands of olive leaves on sale in Singapore. I first discovered it about 20 years ago, introduced to me by one of my sisters who lived in Hong Kong.

              In Singapore, a Thai-Chinese restaurant called Her Sea Palace did a wonderful fried rice dish with this. Personally, I'd have some of these olive leaves with just a bowl of plain rice congee, and it's delicious as it is.

              1. re: M_Gomez
                quantabeam Jun 27, 2012 10:21 AM

                sounds delish.

                i'll have to try that.

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          p0lst3r Jun 11, 2012 06:12 PM

          Could you snap some pics of the jar/label and post here pls?

          I'm sure I can get a good answer for you (I'm interested myself) and a pic will make the job easier.


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          1. re: p0lst3r
            quantabeam Jun 12, 2012 07:20 AM

            The jar doesn't say olive leaf, as far I can read, but maybe in Chinese? There were many other brands of the same stuff at the grocery store that did say "olive leaf" but we bought this one.

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