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Laba garlic | Source: Instagram/tcmchina | Instagram/sensorytrip
Laba garlic | Source: Instagram/tcmchina | Instagram/sensorytrip

Laba Garlic Recipe: A Guide to Making the Traditional Chinese Pickled Side Dish

Milla Sigaba
Jan 13, 2024
11:30 A.M.
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Combine sweet, spicy, and sour with this simple Laba garlic recipe that pairs perfectly with most hearty Chinese meals. This pickled side dish is easy to make and will take your tastebuds on a mouthwatering culinary journey.

Laba garlic is a Chinese side dish that has been around for ages. The condiment is usually enjoyed during Laba, a traditional Chinese holiday celebrated on the eighth of the La Month, the twelfth month of the Chinese Lunar Calendar.

During this cold season, you can join Chinese natives by adding depth, aroma, and authentic Chinese flavors to your meals with this quick and easy to prepare Laba garlic— which has an interesting color— recipe requiring only three ingredients.

Laba Garlic Recipe

Preparing Laba garlic is easy. It's like a simple science experiment involving mixing three ingredients to turn garlic cloves into a vibrant blue-green hue! Find the perfect Laba garlic recipe below:

What You'll Need:

  • 250 g of garlic
  • 300 ml of rice vinegar or mature vinegar
  • 3 g of sugar
  • A jar

Directions:

1. Start by peeling the garlic cloves and discarding the skin.

2. Wash the garlic and cut off their roots.

3. Pat them dry and place them inside a jar.

If you do not have a jar big enough for 250g of garlic, only use as many cloves as it takes to fill it. Similarly, you can add more garlic cloves if your jar has extra room. | Source: TikTok/kyozck

If you do not have a jar big enough for 250g of garlic, only use as many cloves as it takes to fill it. Similarly, you can add more garlic cloves if your jar has extra room. | Source: TikTok/kyozck

4. Once you've filled the jar with the garlic cloves, add the sugar.

5. Slowly pour in the rice or mature vinegar until all the cloves are drenched in the liquid.

6. Lastly, tightly close the jar and leave it in a dry place, allowing the fermentation process to occur. You should notice your garlic turning blue-green in a few days.

The longer you leave the garlic cloves in the vinegar, the darker their hue will become. | Source: YouTube/ 麻麻哋 - Maa Maa Dei

The longer you leave the garlic cloves in the vinegar, the darker their hue will become. | Source: YouTube/ 麻麻哋 - Maa Maa Dei

You can leave your garlic to ferment for up to a week for a more pickled taste. Once the cloves have turned the right color, remove them from the jar and enjoy them with classic Chinese dishes like dumplings. For more Asian cuisine to prepare at home, here is the recipe for Mille Feuille Nabe.

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