This is as much a recipe for a dish as it is a method for a fast and easy meal. You can substitute pretty much any meat and vegetable in this combination and get delicious results. If you want to make it vegetarian you can use delicious mushrooms instead of meat.



  • 1 bunch gai lan, chopped into 2" sections
  • 1 pound ground beef 
  • 5 cloves of garlic, chopped roughly
  • 3 green onions, sliced
  • 2 tbs oyster sauce
  • 1 tbs vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup chicken stock
  • generous pinch of kosher salt
  • freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp toasted sesame oil

serves 4-6 

  1. Heat a large cast iron skillet or a wok on high heat. Add the oil.
  2. When the oil starts to smoke put the meat in the pan and break it up into small pieces. It's important that the heat is really high when the meat goes in because you want the meat to brown, not steam.
  3. Sprinkle with some salt and allow the meat to brown, stirring minimally. It's best to leave it alone so that it can brown thoroughly, then stir a little so that more pieces can brown.
  4. Add the garlic and green onion and stir into the beef. After one minute add the stems of the gai lan, stir in and cook for one more minute.
  5. Add the greens of the gai lan and stir into the beef mixture. The greens will give off some moisture that will help you to scrape up any browned bits stuck to the pan. Add the chicken stock to help with this.
  6. After two more minutes or so of cooking, turn off the heat, add the oyster sauce and sesame oil. Taste and add more salt and pepper as needed.

Serve with rice. Enjoy.

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