Choy sum “油菜心” is a common leafy green vegetable in Chinese cuisine. It is a flowering cabbage because the vegetable has yellow flowers growing out of the “heart” of the vegetable. It is similar to gai lan in that the stem is hard with leafy petals on top. Choy sum is available year round, and it has an abundance of Vitamin C and can detoxify the body of impurities.
Ways to make it: Choy sum has a very mild taste, which makes it a good vegetable to pair with any Chinese dish. It can be sauteéd with garlic, boiled with a side of oyster sauce, or sauteéd in saucy dishes.