WHAT IS IT?
Chinese olive vegetable is a condiment made of olives, preserved mustard vegetables, salt and oil. It contains high amount of umami flavour and is most commonly used in fried rice, stir fries or as a condiment.
HOW IS IT USED?
Olive vegetables are most often used in stir fries, fried rice or as a condiment for congee.
They have an amazing deep umami flavour and provide your dishes with an aditional layer of flavour.
You use this like any other condiment and although it is stored in oil, you can use the oil along with the paste.
When you are using them in stir fries or fried rice, use your cooking utensil to break it up - it likes to clump together 🙂
Occasionally you will find olive pits in the jars. Remove them if you see them. You probably don't want to bite on these super duper hard and sharp olive pits. They hurt.
Recipes that use Chinese Olive Vegetables:
WHERE DO I FIND IT?
You find these in most Asian grocery stores in a plastic or glass jar in the aisles.
Alternatively, you can also find these online as well:
Chinese olive vegetable is slightly salty and has a deep earthy olive flavour. It contains an abundant amount of umaminess to it and is highly addictive. 🙂 Since they are not as salty as regular olives, they can be used in larger amounts to flavour dishes.
Don't be afraid to try this out, it may look gross and it is indeed something not very commonly used and different but absolutely delicious. 🙂
Straight from the jar, it is slightly greasy and has a wet paste consistency. However when used in stir fries and fried rice there is no consistency to it since it can be evenly spread out throughout the dish.
Store these in the fridge for up to 1 week.