Qing Sun Shao Rou

Stem Lettuce with Cloud Ears

Preparation info
  • Serves


    as Part of a Chinese Meal, or 2 as a Single Dish.
    • Difficulty


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By Ken Hom

Published 1990

  • About

Stem lettuce is a Chinese original, found most often in the north and west. It has a quite unusual if not bizarre form, which is why it is also called “celtuce” or “asparagus lettuce.” The top is in the shape of a thin oval, with wilted-looking lettuce-like leaves, while the stem is thick and crunchy, like asparagus or celery. Because raw greens are rarely eaten in China because of hygiene as well as taste, the leaves are generally eaten in soup. The stem is often pickled. I have enjoyed