The first time I ever tasted okras was when I was traveling in Vietnam. I think I might have been in Nha Trang, a small sea side city, and I was wandering around the city on my bike. The advantage of having a bike is that you can visit places other tourists wouldn’t go to; the disadvantage of visiting such places is that there might be no English language service. Previously in another town I had already encountered some problems. I was hungry and went to a small restaurant by the road side. I point to the “I am a vegetarian” sentence in my copy of the Lonely Planet, but the owner couldn’t read. I tried to pronounce it but she ended up giving me a bowl of rice noodles with a piece of each kind of meat she had in her store! Oh la la!
Remembering this, I decided to select my own vegetables and ask them to cook them for me. So this time, I looked to see what they had there when I spotted this strange thing that I was curious to try. They cooked the okra for me with a little garlic and it was delicious!
I had always wanted to eat it again, but I seldom saw okras in Chinese markets, until the other day when I spotted fresh ones available. Compared to other vegetables it’s a bit pricey, but I bought some anyway. It only took me a few minutes to make sautéed crispy okras.
Health Index: ⅘ (4 to 5 times a week)
Kitchen Gadgets: Frying Pan
15 to 20 okras
2 cloves of garlic
1 tbsp olive oil
½ tsp sea salt
1. Cut the okra into three sections diagonally. Crush the garlic.
2. Preheat the pan, turn down to a medium heat, add the olive oil and garlic and sauté for 10 seconds.
3. Add okras and sauté for 5 minutes.
4. Sprinkle salt evenly, mix and it’s done!