Recipe: Wild garlic with tofu, aubergine and oyster sauceAnother of my food obsessions is the annual hunt for wild garlic (or ramsons, ramps or allium ursinum) as it is also known. It has a short season - usually between early March and May in the UK but luckily grows abundantly in the woodland - often near bluebells. It adds a beautifully mild, garlic flavour to stir frys, salads and soups and is packed with nutritional value. Check out the benefits of wild garlic here.
Wild garlic is identified by the strong garlicky smell in the air when you are near and when you rub the leaves together in your fingertips. If it doesn't smell of garlic - it isn't! Wild garlic looks similar to the leaves of the Lily of the Valley - which is toxic so BE VERY CAREFUL WHEN FORAGING and always ask an expert first!!!!
For more information about foraging wild garlic you can look here or check out the brilliant 3 foragers or punk domestics.
If you can't find wild garlic (either foraged or from a farmers market) you can substitute spinach or a leafy green such as bak choi.
This recipe is a fresh and simple Asian inspired stir fry dish flavoured with oyster sauce, soy sauce, fish sauce and fresh ginger combined with the pure flavours of the tofu and aubergine. A healthy, quick, delicious and nutritious dinner. I served this with plain white rice, but it would also be good with noodles. I hope you enjoy - let me know what you think - and any other wild garlic recipe ideas you have....
preparation time: 10 minutes
cooking time: 10 minutes
author: chip butties and noodle soup
serves: 2-3 people
200g wild garlic (well washed and rinsed in cold, running water)
200g tofu (cut into slices/cubes)
1 aubergine (cut into slices/cubes)
50g peanuts (chopped )
5 tbs oyster sauce
3 tbs soy sauce
3 tbs fish sauce
1 tsp chilli flakes
3 inch piece of ginger (finely chopped)
2 tbs oil
- heat a large frying pan or wok with the oil - when hot add the ginger, chilli, aubergine and tofu - stir fry for a few minutes until the aubergine has softened and the tofu slightly browned.
- next add the wild garlic (this may look like too much but don't worry it will wilt down considerably), oyster sauce, soy sauce, fish sauce, and continue to stir fry until wilted down and all heated through (about 4-5 minutes).
- garnish with chopped peanuts and serve with plain white rice or noodles.