Suan Rong Bo Cai (Chinese Garlic-Fried Spinach)

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 0 mins

This simple vegetable dish is available in restaurants and homes across China. In spice-loving regions of China, several dried red chili pods are added with the garlic.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 500 g spinach
  • 14.79 ml minced garlic (to taste)
  • 1.23 ml salt (to taste)
  • 1.23 ml msg (to taste)
  • 59.16 ml vegetable oil (to taste)
  • 4.92 ml sesame oil (to taste)


  1. Wash spinach and chop into 5-cm segments.
  2. In wok, bring some water to a boil. Add spinach, blanch briefly, remove, and drain.
  3. Empty water from wok, heat to dry, add oil and swirl to heat well. Add garlic and toss just a moment until fragrant but not burned. Add spinach, salt, and MSG, tossing after each addition.
  4. Turn off heat, drizzle with sesame oil, transfer to platter, and serve as part of a Chinese meal. (For a Chinese meal, serve rice, a soup, and one dish per person, selecting a balanced variety of dishes.).