Welcome to the world of unique and exotic vegetables! In Taiwan, there is a remarkable vegetable that captivates both locals and travelers alike with its delicate beauty and refreshing taste – the Water Snowflake. Also known as “水莲“ or ”野莲” in Mandarin, this vegetable holds a special place in Taiwanese cuisine and culture.

The Water Snowflake, botanically known as Nymphoides hydrophylla, is a floating aquatic plant that thrives in serene freshwater environments. Its lush green leaves, resembling delicate snowflakes, gracefully adorn the surface of ponds, lakes, and slow-moving streams, adding a touch of elegance to Taiwan’s natural landscapes.

Aside from its enchanting appearance, what truly sets this vegetable apart is its delightful taste and culinary versatility. Renowned for its crisp texture and subtle sweetness, the Water Snowflake is a favorite ingredient in various Taiwanese dishes, from stir-fries and salads to soups and hot pots. Its unique flavor profile makes it a delightful addition to any meal, adding a refreshing touch and vibrant colors to tantalize the taste buds.

While a simple stir-fry with garlic is already delicious, try this other flavorful recipe:


1. Water Snowflake (1 Packet)
2. Sweet red pepper (1 Piece)
3. Chopped Garlic (2 Table Spoons) – or add more if you like!
4. Cooking oil (4 Table Spoons)
5. Oyster sauce (2 Table Spoons)
6. Light Soya Sauce (1 Table spoon)
7. Fish Sauce (1 Tea spoon)
8. Salt (Half a tea spoon)
9. Black Pepper (Half a tea spoon)


1.  Cut the Water Snowflake into the length of 10cm
2. Slice the sweet red pepper
3. Bring the water to a boil and put the Water Snowflake in the boiling water for 45 seconds, and drain it out.
4. Put the oil into the pan, and stir fry the garlic
5. Once the garlic turn golden brown, add the sweet red pepper into the pan, stir fry together with the garlic, till the pepper is almost ready
6. Add the water snowflake back into the pan, and stir fry again with the sweet red pepper and garlic. Add in all the condiments, and continue to stir fry (Remember to taste, and season as necessary)

VOILA! Stir-fry Water Snowflake with Sweet Red Pepper – a dish packed with flavour and aroma!