Stir-Fried Lettuce

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Homestyle Chinese Cooking

Homestyle Chinese Cooking

By Yan-Kit So

Published 1997

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Although lettuce is most commonly eaten raw in salads and sandwiches in the West, it is delicious quickly cooked Chinese-style in a wok.


  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 slices fresh ginger, peeled
  • 2-3 scallions, cut into 1-inch sections, white and green parts separated
  • 1 large head cos or iceberg lettuce, broken into large pieces
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons oyster sauce


  • Heat the wok over a high heat until smoke rises. Add the oil and swirl it around. Add the ginger, then the white scallions, and let sizzle for a few seconds to release their aroma. Add the lettuce and, sliding the wok scoop to the bottom of the wok, flip and turn for 2-3 minutes. Then add the salt and oyster sauce. Add the green scallions, stir, and remove to a serving plate. Serve immediately.

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