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Stirfried Chinese Chives | Pad Dawg Gui Chai | ผัดดอกกุ้ยช่าย

Stirfried Chinese Chives | Pad Dawg Gui Chai | ผัดดอกกุ้ยช่าย

Sometimes the best dishes are the simplest ones.  

This stir fry of Chinese chives and shrimp is a perfect example.  It’s made from only four ingredients and literally takes five minutes to cook, but it tastes fantastic. 

The flavor comes from the Chinese chives, also known as garlic chives because of their very present garlic flavor.  To retain as much of this flavor as possible, these chives are stir fried quickly over super high heat for only a minute or two.  To make the dish a little more substantial, I added shrimp which complements the flavors of the garlic chives well.  

I imagine that other meats like marinated pork or even bacon would also work well.  The key is keeping it simple and cooking it quickly!  And in no time at all, you’ll have a wonderful side dish to go with the rest of your Thai meal. 


Stirfried Chinese Chives | ผัดดอกกุ้ยช่าย

Makes 3-4 servings

Stirfried Chinese Chives | ผัดดอกกุ้ยช่าย


  • 2 cups Chinese chives, cut into 2" segments
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 10 large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1-2 Tablespoons oyster sauce, to taste


  1. Saute the garlic in oil over medium heat until golden brown.
  2. Turn the heat up to high and add the shrimp. Cook the shrimp for a minute or two until they are pink and almost done.
  3. Add the Chinese chives at this point and quickly saute everything together.
  4. Add the oyster sauce and stir fry a little longer until the shrimp are done and the chives are cooked but still firm and green. Immediately take off the heat and serve with the rest of your meal.

Recipe adapted from ThaiTable.com

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