Monday, February 20, 2012

Beyond Broccoli--Bok Choy

Do you ever pause in front of an unfamiliar vegetable in your grocery store's produce department?  One that looks intriguing but a bit off-putting in the "what do I do with it" department?

Have you met bok choy?


Bok Choy has been cultivated in China since ancient times.  It's a member of the cabbage family--a mild and slightly sweet member that's loaded with Vitamins A and C and calcium.

To be honest, I paused in front of it for years--before it was readily available in the markets and after.

After having it often in soups and stir fries  at my favorite Thai restaurant, I decided to give it a try.
In a simple presentation, it has become a favorite side dish for us.

I hope you'll invite bok choy into your kitchen.

Here's a simple and delicious recipe:


Braised Bok Choy

1 large head of bok choy
2 tsp dark soy sauce
1 tsp dark brown sugar
2 tsp vegetable oil
1/2 cup water
Salt and pepper to taste

1.  In a saute pan large enough to hold the bok choy, heat the soy sauce, brown sugar, oil and water until bubbly.
2.  Cut the bok choy in half lengthwise and add to the liquid, cut side down.
3.  Cover the pan, lower the heat to medium and cook for about five minutes.  Turn over, cover and continue cooking until the bok choy is tender--about three minutes more.  It should have a bit of a crunch when served.
4.  Remove bok choy to a warm platter.  Turn heat to high and reduce the liquid by half.  Pour over the bok choy and serve.
5.  This is for two.  Just double for more.

ENJOY!

33 comments:

  1. We love bok choy..I put it in our asian soup last night..the toy one:)

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  2. I will have to try bok choy this way. I have only used it to make kim chee.

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  3. Will look for it the next farmers market visit. This looks delish! Well for me anyway.. hubby?

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  4. What nice! I saw here in the sper but still I dont make nothing with it, but I wanna try!

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  5. We love baby bok choy, but I usually just add it to my stir fry; this recipe is very interesting; a must try.
    Rita

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  6. What a lovely way to serve bok choy. I normally tend to associate it with stir-fries. Thanks for opening my eyes on this one.
    Sam

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  7. this one i will try, it looks so good and i have stood in front of it many times and wondered what it would taste like or what to do with it. yummy looking

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  8. My dear DIL, The Latin Lovin' Hillbilly, introduced me to Bod Choy years ago. She had an Aunt from China who introduced it to her family.

    It's a marvelous surprise!!!

    God bless ya and have a fantastic week sweetie!!! :o)

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  9. Hi Bonnie, I've seen that veggie before but have never bought it or eaten it. And since I'm not much of a fan of soy sauce ---I think I'll let everyone else enjoy this one...

    We have sunshine this morning but it's still cold and there's alot of snow around.

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  10. I see them using it on the cooking channel all the time, but have never yet tried it myself.

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  11. I really want to cook with this soon.

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  12. This looks AWESOME, Bonnie! I have just printed the recipe. We found baby Bok Choy once and I cooked it, it was pretty good. I don't know how different the grown up Bok Choy will taste!

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  13. That bok choy looks marvelous! I've only cooked with it a couple times (the same recipe, several times). I know I should venture out. T His is the perfect vehicle; that is, whenever I find it at the store. I want to find baby bok choy someday.

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  14. Bonnie, I love bok choy, but can't always find it here. I usually have to wait for the farmer's market to open. Hugs, Bonnie

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  15. Mmmmmm...I love bok choy! My local Costco sells a big package of baby bok choys which I enjoy adding to stir fries.

    It looke delious prepared the way you amde it, Bonnie!

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  16. I love to braise vegetables. This looks so good!

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  17. Never bought it but I know I'd like it! Thanks for the recipe:@)

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  18. Ohhhh, I have never braised it, but yours looks divine! I make my Chinese Chicken Salad using Bok Choy!!! YUM!!!!

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  19. I think you may have just encouraged me to try something new! Thanks!

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  20. We love it, eat it all the time and fix it exactly like this!

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  21. I haven't tried bok choy, but I am delighted to give it a go with your help!! This looks delicious, Bonnie. Thank you. blessings ~tanna

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  22. I am actually so glad you did this. I have never grabbed the bok choy from the store because I didn't know what to do with it- NOW I DO! Thank you

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  23. I've seen it but never made it so will have to give it a go. Thanks for the recipe.

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  24. One of my favorite vegetables, Bonnie. I add it to soups and always to stir fries and love those little baby ones. Braising it is new to me and I'm eager to try it.

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  25. I see some of my other friends here! I love bok-choy and I can't wait to try your recipe!!!

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  26. I have seen this many times, but I've yet to try it. I need to change my tune! Thank you for sharing yet another delicious concoction. I'm sitting down with a tall cup of almond milk and a coconut cookie. Perfect accompaniments to blog reading! I hope you are having a blessed week!

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  27. Bonnie, this looks so delicious and simple ... a winning combo. I am adding it to this weeks menu.

    I am glad to be catching up after my three weeks away.

    Missed you,
    Glenda

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  28. I think we do not have those here in Portugal...What a shame...It seems delicious...
    BS

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  29. I am sure this is good but still not too sure about this. Hum??

    Melinda

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  30. I love the recipe you've used here. It is one I'll be adding to my collection. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  31. I have always used the baby bok choy but will now be using the large ones as well.

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