Leek is one of my favourite vegetables but a pity it’s quite a seasonal vegetable in Singapore. We get to see leek most oftenly during Chinese New Year locally. And that’s the only time where the leek tastes the best too.
In Mandarin, leek is called 蒜，which has the same pronunciation as 算 which translate to “count” in English. So it has an auspicious meaning of counting money, which literally means fortune.
It’s pretty simple to cook leek. You only need to take note to cut it diagonally and the best parts of it is actually the white parts of the leek which is the most fragrant. If you are a meat eater, you can stir fried it with some roast pork which will greatly enhance the dish.
If you are a vegan, a simple stir fried of it with some mushroom sauce and chilli padi makes it an all good to go. This current version is a simple stir fried with oyster sauce and chilli and it was already good enough for me. Had shared this previously in IG already, so here I am documenting it down on this blog.
Hopefully I can still find some nice good leeks available now even if it’s not the CNY now. Enjoy !
- 7-8 stalks of leek, sliced diagonally
- 1 tbsp oil
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- 2 chilli padi, sliced
- ¾ tbsp oyster sauce
- 3 tbsp water
- Pinch of sugar