If you have not tried dandelion, just give it a try; it is so cheap to buy that there is nothing to lose. But one has to develop a taste for it that is why it is ideal to sauté dandelion with onions which neutralizes its tartness. I always see dandelion being sold in bunches in any Asian supermarket — you just have to know how they look like. When I found out the health benefits of dandelion, my curiosity led me to create this dish.
- 1 bunch fresh dandelion
- 1 large onion, finely chopped
- 1 slice tofu, crushed coarsely or chopped in tiny bits, or 1 cup chopped mushrooms or both
- salt and pepper
Cut off all the matured part of the stems of the dandelion then soak the leaves under cold water to remove any dirt and insects. Grab all the leaves by one hand and shake to remove excess water then chop finely.
Sauté the onions until soft then add the tofu or mushrooms and cook for 2-3 minutes. Mix in the dandelion and cook until wilted and tender. Season with salt and pepper. Serve with the broiled fish above or any grilled, roasted or fried dish.
Chef’s Tips: Dandelion is a natural diuretic and can relieve constipation, reduce cholesterol and put sugar levels in check. It can also help promote the liver and gallbladder to release bile.
Editor’s Note: Master Chef Evelyn: 100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the U.S., 2009, Filipina Women’s Network; MHC Most Outstanding Migrant Award in Culinary Arts, 2011; PAFC Dakila Special Achievement Award, 2011; Owner, Philippine Oriental Market & Deli, Arlington, Virginia; Founder and President of CHEW (Cancer Help Eat Well) Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) public charity formed to help and cook pro-bono for Filipino-Americans who are afflicted with cancer and other serious illnesses; Culinary writer, master baker and cake designer (kitchen-tested and mastered more than 400 recipes, and counting); Member, Les Dames d’Escoffier International, Washington DC Chapter; Member, International Cake Exploration Society, Master Chef, French Cuisine and Patisserie, Le Cordon Bleu, London, U.K.; Producer/Host of the cooking show “Evelyn’s Kitchen Cooking with Friends”