The most popular Chinese vegetable, bok choy has a light, sweet flavor and a crunchy texture. It's an extremely versatile ingredient and can be added to a stir-fry or soup or simply steamed on its own and served as a side.
Whether you're new to cooking bok choy or a seasoned pro, let's explore some of the tasty recipes you can cook up that feature this leafy green.
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On a busy night when you don't have a lot of time to fuss around in the kitchen, a stir-fry dish like this will come in handy. It's quite simple and requires common ingredients you may already have.
The recipe includes bok choy and garlic, along with red pepper flake, soy sauce, and sesame oil to create a very flavorful dish. The trick is to have all the ingredients ready to go and to stir-fry quickly so that the garlic doesn't burn.
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Baby bok choy is popular because it has a more delicate flavor than adult varieties. It's a nice option for the simplest of stir-fry dishes and for steaming.
In this recipe, baby bok choy is paired with fresh ginger and just a few seasonings. The result is a nice, clean vegetable dish that has an intriguing, yet light flavor.
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As you continue to explore the many uses of bok choy, you'll find that it pairs nicely with many things. You'll also notice that bok choy is sometimes called "Chinese greens." Keep that in mind as you explore more recipes and you'll know which ingredient to choose.
This recipe shows off how well bok choy works with shrimp and mushrooms. It's another simple stir-fry that requires the typical Chinese ingredients like soy sauce and ginger and it's fun to cook up.
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As with many other vegetables, bok choy becomes rich and nutty when roasted in a hot oven. This recipe kicks up the flavor level a notch with a homemade Asian vinaigrette made of soy sauce, sesame oil, and vinegar. The mixture is drizzled over the roasted bok choy, making for an addictive side dish.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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For a meal that is extraordinary, turn to the classic Shanghai dish known as lion's head meatballs. It's a casserole that features large pork meatballs meant to symbolize a lion's head.
The meatballs are formed with ground pork, green onion, ginger, and soy. They're fried up then laid out in a bed of bok choy leaves, which represent the lion's mane.
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Bok choy leaves are a perfect ingredient for delicious homemade soups. This particular recipe requires just six ingredients and it's the perfect foundation for your own custom touches.
Have fun experimenting with the soup base. Add homemade chicken broth, leftover chicken, peeled shrimp, or your favorite soup ingredients. It's surprisingly easy and you can have dinner on the table in under 30 minutes.
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A tangy sauce is a great contrast to the sweetness of bok choy in this tasty chicken stir-fry. The recipe cooks up fast, though you do have to remember to allow half an hour for the chicken to marinate.
The stir-fry is simply chicken strips and bok choy. It is the sauce, however, that really makes this dish stand apart. For it, you'll combine chicken broth, garlic, and both white rice vinegar and black rice vinegar. It's a taste you simply have to try.
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Five-spice powder is a staple in Chinese cuisine and it can add a nice kick to any stir-fry. When added to a dish, it's unmistakable flavor enhances everything else, as you'll see with this recipe.
This stir-fry uses thinly sliced pork along with bok choy, garlic, and green onions. The five-spice powder takes care of almost all the seasoning, so all you really need to add are soy sauce, salt, and some cooking wine.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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The delicate flavor of bok choy is also a great companion for the earthy flavor of shiitake mushrooms. You'll find this combination in many recipes, including this simple and quick vegetarian stir-fry.
The greens and mushrooms in the recipe are a perfect foundation for the recipe's garlic sesame sauce. It also has a hint of fresh ginger and green onions, though you could certainly add more vegetables if you like.
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Bok choy is not strictly a Chinese ingredient. It makes an appearance in many Asian foods, including Vietnamese. There's no better way to introduce yourself to the country's cuisine than with a traditional pho recipe.
Unlike stir-fry dishes, pho is all about the broth. It's filled with great spices, including star anise, cinnamon, clove, ginger, Chinese five-spice, and more. It's definitely not boring and a great foundation for the vegetables, rice noodles, and herbs.