Posted by burntmuffin on 5th September 2011

Pea Shoots

When I was still living at home, dad used to take the family out for dinner. One of the dishes that was very tasty, but rarely ordered was pea shoots stir-fried with garlic.

With that in mind, I ordered some from my favorite online seed shop ( They had this variety called Fiji Feathers (Product Code 5525) that I thought I’d try.

So, the peas arrived about a month ago, and I sowed some in 6 small-ish containers and a container each of mustard and cress. Within 2 weeks, I had mustard and cress tall enough to snip with scissors.

Cress and Mustard

Last week, some of the pea shoots were tall enough to be cut to go with the chicken laksa I happened to be having for lunch – and they were soooooo good!

Today, I decided to give the lot a haircut. It was painstakingly slow – maybe because I wanted them all to re-grow.

Pea Fiji Feathers - Before

Pea Fiji Feathers - After

Yummy goodness

This became part of Miss S’s and my lunch today. I know, I know… some people would consider it sacrilege to cook freshly cut baby pea shoots – but I like my veges cooked.

Pan-fried and boiled dumplings & stir-fried choy sum and pea shoots

Miss S was happy, I was happy because Miss S was eating food (she had been sick for the last 4 days) and the dumplings were at her request. It was a very happy lunch.

Now if only theĀ purple sweet basil seeds would grow quickly. I can’t wait to make purple pesto. :)

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  1. Muks says:

    Looks awesome. Did you make the dumplings? Is the pea shoots from snow peas? Does it taste like the “dau miu” we had back then?

  2. burntmuffin says:

    The ones i cooked in the laksa did taste like dau miu. The ones that I stir-fried did as well, but they weren’t as tender – maybe cos I waited too long to harvest them. I don’t think they are snow peas – they are just a variety of pea bred for shoots. I do have some snow pea and regular pea shoots to harvest – I just need to figure out which ones I planted were the untreated ones.

    The dumplings were store-bought – Miss S said “I’ll only eat them if they are from the shop” – gutted… but easier than spending an hour folding home-made ones.

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