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Chinese New Year Abalone Recipe + Vegetable Flower Tips!

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Can't believe Chinese New Year is just around the corner! Are you just as busy cracking your brains planning what to cook for this CNY?

Besides planning the menu, I am always thinking of ways to present the dishes too. Of late, many restaurants have come up with an innovative way of cutting vegetables, turning them into pretty flowers. The good news is, they are not difficult to make at all.

chinese new year food fortune baby abalone recipe
Today, I will be showing you a very simple recipe for novice cooks: Chinese New Year Fortune Baby Abalone with Bok Choy ( 财神鲍鱼炒小白菜 )! Trust me, this is a no-brainer recipe so you do not need to be a professional cook to dish out a 5-star restaurant recipe! So let's get started, shall we?

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To make these vegetable flower art, you will need a buy a broad-based type of vegetable like Xiao Bai Cai aka Bok Choy ( 小白菜 ) in order to cut beautifully.

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Since CNY is near, I have paired the Bok Choy with the lavish Fortune Baby Abalone from PurelyFresh, turning the simple dish into a classy one. There is not much cooking involved so anyone can learn to make this mouth-watering Chinese New Year Fortune Baby Abalone with Bok Choy dish ( 财神鲍鱼炒小白菜 )!

cny dishes pretty fortune baby abalone recipe
1 canned Baby Abalone
200g Xiao Bai Cai / Bok Choy
½ tsp Minced Garlic
1 tsp Grated Ginger
1 tsp Oyster Sauce
1 tbsp Chinese Cooking Wine / Shaoxing Hua Tiao Wine ( 紹興花雕酒 )
1 tbsp Cornstarch
1 tbsp Extra-Virgin Olive Oil / Cooking Oil

    purelyfresh how to make pretty vegetable flowers
  • Slice off the tip of the vegetable stems. Separate leaves from the stems by cutting about ¼ from the stems as shown above. Cut leaves into equal parts.
  • chinese cooking tips purelyfresh xiao bai cai recipe
  • Rinse vegetables thoroughly and blanch stems in boiling water. Drain well, and transfer to serving plate.
  • chinese cooking tips purelyfresh bok choy abalone sauce
  • Heat oil and sautéed garlic till fragrant. Add vegetable leaves, ginger, and empty the entire can of abalone into wok. (If you prefer less sauce, just pour half the liquid and keep the rest in an air-tight container for your next cooking session). Mix well and add seasonings. Let it simmer for couple of minutes.
  • chinese new year purelyfresh abalone vegetable flower art
  • Stir in cornstarch and serve your delicious Chinese New Year Baby Abalone with Bok Choy!
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Check out these Top 5 Mouth-Watering Abalone Recipes for Chinese New Year now!

* This is a sponsored post by #PurelyFresh. The author only recommends products or services she uses personally which she believes to be beneficial for her readers. Views and opinions expressed in this blog are purely by the author.


  1. Always chop off the stems. Now can be used as a lovely flower presentation. Thanks for sharing my dear.

  2. Such a lovely presentation!!!
    Happy WE Shirley!
    Kisses, Paola.


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  3. Beautiful and so creative!!! :)

  4. You are so creative to think of presenting the stem of bok choy as flowers. They are pretty.

  5. I love the Chinese New Year! It is time to eat!!

  6. I can't believe how easy it is too make those flower vegetables! All we need to do is to cut the tips of and boil the you think this can also be made with spinach? because I would love to give it a try.

    This dish is amazing....its visual aspect is very appealing and I'm pretty sure it tastes heavenly.


    1. Ivana, don't think you can use spinach. The type of spinach I know has very slim stems. Just work with any type of veggies with broader stems. Well, buzz me if you do try, dear. Love to see the results!

  7. The presentation is beautiful! I love those vegetable flowers :)

  8. Yum!

    God bless,

    XO, Claire


  9. The customary dish to usher prosperity and just so attractively made.

  10. Deliciously creative, Shirley. Thank you so much for sharing...

  11. Love your green flowers! I always throw that part away without a second thought. Now I know what to do with them :)

  12. Wow! Your dishes always look so exotic. Here we don't celebrate the CNY. I hope you enjoy it!

    Jasmine ♥

  13. Vegetable flowers? What a lovely idea - and way of making vegetables look so much more attractive when served on the table!

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice

  14. Wow this looks wonderful. And I love what you did with the flowers, it really spices up a dish and adds charisma, you know? Love it!

    Little Moon Elephant

  15. Chinese food is one of my favourite. I like teh way all of the flavours are combined together.
    great photos.

  16. Awesomeness, Shirley! Beautifully presented. ^.^

  17. Yes CNY is just a few weeks away now. I can't wait!

  18. Really love this presentation. Never knew that you could actually cut the stem this way and have a beautiful presentation.

  19. They're gorgeous!

    This is fine dining quality plating, I'm very impressed. I haven't seen this done with bok choy before.

    The abalone looks mighty fine too. I like eating them too. There was a time when you could harvest it at low tide, it was limited to 2 per person but that's still a lot considering the sizes they grow to in NZ. I was studying in Christchurch at the time (1995/1996) and we'll go to Sunmer to harvest them. I'm not sure if it's still allowed though, back in the 90's you could take as many as 2 adults per person per day.

    I just had them with my better half and family. You can add them in poon choy (the big bowl feast) nowadays, it's good when everything soaks into the flesh.

  20. I love this kitchen, I would like to try this dish

  21. Looking so delicious and pretty!
    Have a nice evening!
    Angela Donava

  22. What a perfect presentation with a simple recipe! It's so beautiful, Shirley! =)

  23. omg this looks amazing!!

  24. You have presented it in such a lovely way, love it.

  25. Interesting! Normally we would throw away this part of the vegetables (for the flower art)!

    Happy Lunar New Year to you and your family! =)


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