Tuesday 20 September 2011


Among Orientals, tokens of food are exchanged on any day for no reason. It is not the muffin or cookie kind but usually are homecooked food meant for a family meal. 

A dear Chinese neighbour gave me some choi sum pancakes one time and I immediately fell in love with it. She graciously shared her brief instructions after which she gave me a bunch of fresh choi sum. They supply Asian vegetables to the restaurants so they always had a few extras at home

Choi sum is a Chinese vegetable with dark green leaves, hollow stems and yellow flowers. It belongs to the mustard family but it is mild in flavour. 
Although this is called a pancake because it is round and flat, the amount of flour is just enough to bind the rest of the ingredients. This is one pancake that is packed with flavour and nutrients. 


2 c. chopped choi sum
1/3 c. chopped chicken meat
2 cloves of garlic, chopped
1 onion, chopped
2 bunches of spring onions
1 tbsp. light soy sauce
1 tbsp. oyster sauce
1/2 c. flour
4 eggs
cooking oil for frying


Heat up 3 tbsps. of oil in a frying pan. Add the onions and garlic and stir fry until the onions are soft and translucent. Add the chicken meat and add the oyster and soy sauces and cook for 3 minutes. 

Add the chopped choi sum and spring onions and stir fry for 2 minutes. The vegetables do not need to fully cook. It will finish cooking when it is made into pan cakes. 

Transfer this mixture to a mixing bowl and add the eggs and the flour. Mix thoroughly. 

Heat up a clean pan and add 3 tbsps. of cooking oil. Add half of the choi sum mixture and fry on medium heat, covered. Fry for 5 minutes on each side until browned. Fry the rest in the same way. Cut into wedges and serve.

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  1. I like that custom of exchanging food.When I was little I remeber my grandmother who was in charge of cooking aleways had pots on in the kitchen..people(neigbours,friends) were coming and going and were always offered soem;)) Greta pancake you made;)

  2. I have never make Choy Sum in making this pancakes/omelette before. I usually put in lettuce instead. I just found your blog not long and I likes your blogs alot and most of your dishes! Absolutely delicious.

  3. What a lovely custom and these look absolutely incredible! Thank you for sharing them...

  4. Turning choi sum+chicken meat into pancakes is really creative and unique! It's very sweet and nice of your neighbour to give you a bunch of choi sum and recipe too. Tks for sharing this unique pancake recipe! ;D

  5. Don’t you just love neighbors like that? I’ve got them too, they are Portuguese and Greek. And we’re taking food back and forth. Not all the food is tasty but all comes from a kind and loving heart.
    I’ve never heard of chicken and choi sum pancakes, but hey why not. They look very tasty and easy to make. I normally use choi sum for stir fry or soup.

  6. Awesome. I'm so making these, and since my family is Vietnamese, we surely do have Chinese Cabbage with us! I also think it's spelled Choy Sum x]
    Or at least that's what Google says

  7. i love this recipe! but i haven't seen any choi sum in th elocal supermarket :( what could be a good substitute?

    thanks for sharing this lovely dish!

  8. Oh this is very nice way to eat veggies and my kids would eat it for sure. My mom used to share some food with neighbors and your story reminded me of it. I love this kind of simple food.

  9. Hi Dudut. Pak Choy (petsay) or mustard green (mustasa) would both be suitable substitutes for the choi sum.

  10. Very beautiful and delicious dish..I will probably try it over the weekend as I love all the ingredients except oyster sauce! Do you know anything else like alternative for oyster sauce?
    Amazing photos Adora, making my mouth water as all your dishes do haha


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