My first taste of this vegetable was in a famous (local) Chinese restaurant. I found it really tasty - they tasted a bit like bean sprouts but more delicious (my opinion!). I asked the waiter what kind of vegetable it was. He said it was a different kind of bean sprouts. Hmmm.... (felt skeptical and unbelieving since bean sprouts are bean sprouts... might be more logical if they were some kind of sprouts...)
I tried to find some at various markets but there was none to be
found... until recently! I found several packs in the supermarket
nearby! And I asked the "promodiser" what they were. Imagine my
surprise when I discovered they were actually pea sprouts (or pea
shoots) because I do not like peas at all.
They're easy to cook too!
200 grams of tomiyao, rinsed and dried
8 to 10 cloves of garlic, smashed
salt, to taste
the garlic in some oil, taking care not to burn the garlic. Throw in
the tomiyao and some salt (season to taste). Stir fry until just done,
to keep the crunch of the shoots. Serve immediately.