Beansprouts, Garlic Chives, and Egg Stir-Fry (Niratama Moyashi Itame)

Nira (Garlic chives) has a peculiar smell and tastes exactly like garlic. Nira is not very well known in the Western world, but it is making some inroads. It is known in Japan for it's nourishing and invigorating qualities. We often put nira in gyoza.

Yield: 2 servings
Time: 30 minutes


  • 1 bundle Nira, about 1/4 lb (chopped into 2" pieces)
  • 1/2 lb bean sprouts
  • 2 eggs (beaten)
  • 1 tsp chicken soup powder
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp vinegar
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • Dash of salt and pepper
  1. Heat the frying pan, and scramble the eggs. Add salt and pepper and transfer to a plate
  2. Add bean sprouts to the pan with sesame oil then cook for one minute over medium heat
  3. Add nira and cook for one minute over medium heat, then put chicken soup powder and soy sauce and mix. Cook for 1 minute.
  4. Add scrambled eggs, mix, and serve!


  1. This is quite similar to our Chinese cooking :)

  2. Many favorite foods in Japan originated in China! I love Chinese food, and the Dimsum I had in China was so unforgettable!