My friend lives in Miri and she is a very good gardener. Recently she is into potted vegetable growing. Her chieves are doing so well that the flowers from the chives are given to friends for floral arrangement.
I love to eat chives and put them into all sorts of stir fries etc.
Garlic chives (simplified Chinese: 韭菜; traditional Chinese: 韭菜; pinyin: jiǔcài, also 韮菜) are also known as Chinese chives, Chinese leek, ku chai, jiu cai, Oriental garlic chives or, in Japanese, nira (kanji: 韮; hiragana: にら; katakana: ニラ); in Kapampangan it is known as Kuse/Cu-se; in Korea known as buchu (부추), sol (솔), or jeongguji (정구지) or in Vietnamese, hẹ ([hɛ̂ˀ]; chu Nom: ��). The plant has a distinctive growth habit with strap-shaped leaves unlike either onion or garlic, and straight thin white-flowering stalks that are much taller than the leaves. It grows in slowly expanding perennial clumps, but also readily sprouts from seed. Besides its use as vegetable, it also has attractive flowers. (wikipedia)
The chives are used for making of buns and especially chai kuey a favourite Hokkien dim sum dish.
I like to fry my chives with eggs. Sometimes when I was young my grandmother who grew a lot of chives would even make soup with dumplings and chives. Whenever I think of this particular soup I would long for my childhood and my grandmother's tenderloving care (TLC).
n traditional Chinese medicine, chives are used to treat meat poisoning, amoebic dysentery and hiccups. Chives, particularly the seeds, are used together with other herbs to heal problems relating to premature ejaculation and night emission. A stir-fry dish of chives and shrimps helps to relieve these problems. Chives contain carotene, vitamins B1, B2, C, nicotinic acid, iron, calcium and phosphorus. Their high calcium content helps to strengthen nails and teeth
Chives always remind me of my maternal grandmother.
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