Three Peas with Barley, Chile, and Green Garlic

Three Peas with Barley, Chile, and Green Garlic
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Three Peas with Barley, Chile, and Green Garlic

Ray Kachatorian

Three Peas with Barley, Chile, and Green Garlic

Pea shoots are the young, tender tips and vines of the snow pea or the sugar snap pea plant. Once your plants are established and producing an abundance of pods, clip off leaf and tendril sections about 4 inches long. If you don’t have your own plants, look for these tender shoots at farmers’ markets or Asian grocery stores.

Sambal oelek (or ulek) is an Indonesian chile paste, and tart, citrusy Kaffir lime leaves are used in Southeast Asian cooking. Look for both products in Asian markets.

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Bring a large saucepan 1/2 full of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the snap peas and English peas and cook until tender-crisp, about 1 minute. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the vegetables to a colander and rinse under cold water. Set aside.

Return the saucepan to a boil, add the barley, and cook until tender, about 45 minutes. Drain and set aside.

In a small bowl, whisk together the rice vinegar, soy sauce, water, brown sugar, and sambal oelek until blended.

In a large, heavy frying pan over high heat, warm the sesame oil. Add the green garlic, scallions, and lime leaves and stir-fry until the scallions are tender, about 30 seconds. Add the reserved snap peas, peas, and barley along with the pea shoots, and stir to coat.

Pour in the soy sauce mixture and stir and toss until the peas and pea shoots are tender and the liquid is absorbed, about 4 minutes. Transfer to a warmed serving dish and serve.


Calories per serving:

201 calories

Dietary restrictions:

High Fiber Vegan, Vegetarian, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Milk Free, Tree Nut Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Pork Free, Alcohol Free, Kosher

Daily value:



  • Fat 4g 7%
  • Carbs 34g 11%
  • Saturated 1g 3%
  • Fiber 8g 33%
  • Sugars 8g
  • Monounsaturated 1g
  • Polyunsaturated 2g
  • Protein 8g 16%
  • Sodium 487mg 20%
  • Calcium 94mg 9%
  • Magnesium 86mg 22%
  • Potassium 541mg 15%
  • Iron 4mg 20%
  • Zinc 2mg 10%
  • Phosphorus 167mg 24%
  • Vitamin A 183µg 20%
  • Vitamin C 53mg 89%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 24%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 14%
  • Niacin (B3) 3mg 13%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 19%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 109µg 27%
  • Vitamin E 1mg 5%
  • Vitamin K 178µg 223%
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