My first taste of Chinese Snow Pea Sprouts with Garlic was in Sydney, Australia some 10 years ago. We frequented a rather fantastic Shanghainese restaurant almost weekly and would always order the snow pea shoots. I love the delicate pea flavour from the leaves and combined with the garlic, it's quite the taste sensation!
蒜蓉炒豆苗 - 'dòu miáo' Lost in Translation
Being the clever folk we are we helpfully learned the word for this dish as it wasn't on the menu. It NEVER worked - a manager was always called as we fumbled through a combination of repeating our bad Mandarin, repeating it louder, gesturing the international hand signs for 'snow pea shoot', and eventually showing them a picture from our phone.
1 minute meal
To cook snow pea shoots at home is super simple and, like a lot of Chinese food, ready in seconds! This is a side dish, to be served with other Chinese fare, perhaps my delicious Xinjiang Lamb Skewers. They'll bring lightness and freshness to any spread.