Bean Sprouts Stir-Fried with Chives

Ching Chau Sub Choi

Preparation info
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Appears in
Eileen Yin-fei Lo's New Cantonese Cooking

By Eileen Yin-Fei Lo

Published 1988

  • About

The name of this dish illustrates a typical Cantonese play on words and a touch of humor. The Cantonese name translates literally into “Lightly Stir-fried Ten Vegetables.” But the word for chives is gau choi, which means “nine vegetables.” So that nine vegetables plus bean sprouts equals ten. Is that clear?


  • 4 cups cold water
  • ½ pound bean sprouts, washed and drained
  • 1


  1. In a large pot, bring the water to a boil. Place the bean sprouts in the water, stir for no more than 20 seconds. Turn off heat, run cold water into pot, drain. Run more cold water into pot and drain off all excess water. Set aside. This step should be done 1 hour before further preparation to ensure dryness. Occasionally loosen the sprouts with chopstick, to help drying