Gau Choy is one of the most popular vegetables with Asian chefs and is generally stronger in flavour than regular chives. It has flat, dark leaves and a mild garlicy taste and smell. Rich in vitamin C, calcium, phosphorus and iron, Gau Choy or Chinese chives is also used in traditional Chinese medicine as it is believed to help cure intestinal disorders and other ailments. It is also known to promote recovery from fatigue and is available all year round. Gau Choy can be put into soups for additional flavour or stir-fried with garlic and meats such as prawns or beef. You can also blanch it and serve it with a dressing of oyster sauce, or mince it and use as a filling in dumplings and omelettes. Gau Choy is best preserved wrapped in paper towels and stored in plastic bags in the fridge. You can also wash and chop it and store in a paper-lined plastic container.Gau Choy can be stored for up to a week although it is always better fresh.
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