Stop turning up your top lip at this! You know who you are. Yes, it's green.... fabulous green. Yes, it's sort of wet looking, but ohhhh ye of little faith, wait until you sink your teeth into this simple, deliciously healthy and satisfying sandwich made with "Kai-Lan" also known as Chinese Broccoli. This one is sold for $1.25 at an outdoor market on East Broadway and Forsyth under the Manhattan bridge, New York City. Stir-fried Kai Lan with flavor-filled oil which soaks into the sesame seed bun. If I'm ever forced to live on the street, and have the luxury of picking a street to be homeless on, just drop me off in China Town almost anywhere. I think I would survive splendidly!

A little about Kai-Lan:

Kai-lan, also known as Gai Lan, Chinese broccoli or Chinese kale, is a leaf vegetable featuring thick, flat, glossy blue-green leaves with thick stems and a small number of tiny, almost vestigial flower heads similar to those of broccoli. As the Alboglabra group of Brassica oleracea, kai-lan is of the same species of plant as broccoli and kale. Its flavor is very similar to that of broccoli, but more bitter and a bit sweeter.

Kai-lan is eaten widely in Chinese cuisine, and especially in Cantonese cuisine. Common preparations include kai-lan stir-fried with ginger and garlic, and boiled or steamed and served with oyster sauce. It is also common in Vietnamese cuisine. You LOVE THIS!


  1. All I know about Kai Lan is that Laney loves to watch her show on Nick Jr. Ni-hao Kai-Lan!

  2. Thanks for visiting and commenting. What a great site you have here! Love all the sandwich ideas!

  3. Are you sure you would want to live on the streets of Chinatown? The food is great but the streets(or sidewalks I should say)are awfully stinky.

  4. Oh my God.

    They named that poor cartoon character after a vegetable?

  5. I am keeping this address as we’ll be going to NYC for 4 days in October. Last time we went to Chinatown and to a restaurant which had a huge dining-room upstairs, it was very good, but I don’t remember its name. Here in Atlanta I go to an international market and they have a lot of produce that I never use (because I have never cooked them.) Next time I’ll get some Kai-Lan and stir fry it because of your post. Thank you.


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