Spring onions(also known as scallions, salad onions or 葱) are absolutely essential in Chinese cooking - my mum uses them as a garnish atop almost everything from clear broths to Hainanese white-cut chicken*. I am a little less organised and don't usually have time to garnish my meals, so I tend to slice them up into longer pieces and use them in dishes like stir fried beef with spring onions and ginger.
|Recycled Spring Onions growing amidst Coriander in the 'Chinese' wing of our Garden|
3. Wait a few days and you will see it develop a new shoot
*Hainanese white cut chicken (海南雞) is a Malaysian Chinese style of cooking chicken where you boil the entire chicken in a ginger and garlic broth. It is then cut into pieces served with its white/pale yellow skin with bones intact.