Try a New Ingredient: Bok Choy

Try a New Ingredient: Bok Choy

Bok choy is the new kale! Here is a guide to selecting and cooking this hearty green.

By: Elizabeth Stark

All about Bok Choy
Bok choy, also known as Chinese white cabbage, is a mild vegetable with a crisp white stalk and robust green leaves. Related to the turnip, bok choy is rich in nutrients such as Vitamins A and C, and calcium.

Where to Find Bok Choy
Widely available for most of the year, bok choy is a great vegetable to have in your arsenal during the coldest months. Find it in the specialty produce section of your grocery store in the winter and late fall.

How to Select Fresh Bok Choy
Look for bok choy with fresh, bright green leaves and crisp, pale green stems. The bigger the bok choy, the more mature and developed in flavour it is.

How to Store Bok Choy
Sealed in a zip-top bag, this hearty vegetable will also hold up beautifully for several days in the refrigerator.


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Tip: In the warmer months, consider adding bok choy to your garden, since this resilient vegetable grows well even in tough conditions.

Why You’ll Love Bok Choy
Bok choy's versatility and heartiness make it a standout ingredient. The smooth white stalks have a hint of sweetness and lots of crunch, while the deep green leaves are tender and delicious. Bok choy is well suited to a host of uses, and is an excellent substitute for cabbage or dark leafy greens in many recipes. Easy to work with and mild enough to appease even the pickiest eaters, bok choy is an excellent addition to any family’s menu.

5 Fresh Ways to Cook with Bok Choy

  1. Bok choy is most often associated with stir-fry dishes, and for good reason! Its crisp white stalks hold up well under high heat, and the faintly sweet flavour complements a host of meats and vegetables for a crunchy, satisfying main dish.
  2. Bok choy also makes an excellent addition to a Western-style or Asian-inspired vegetable soup. Throw some chopped bok choy in with a mix of winter vegetables like carrots, turnips or celery. With a little protein, broth and a handful of noodles, you'll have a hearty soup in no time.
  3. Try your hand at fusion cuisine and add chopped bok choy to your favourite Italian tomato sauce. The tender bok choy greens cook down beautifully and counterbalance the acidity of the tomatoes perfectly. Serve over noodles and you'll have a healthy one-bowl dinner at the ready.
  4. Looking for something simple? Halve a few small heads of bok choy, drizzle with a pinch of salt and a simple vinaigrette, and sauté the flat side over medium-high heat for about three minutes. Serve with a skillet-seared beef, chicken or pork for an effortless dinner that's ready in minutes.
  5. While bok choy is fantastic cooked, it also makes for a unique addition to fresh salads. Select smaller bok choy (that way the leaves are sure to be tender), cut into thin ribbons and toss with your favourite dressing. Highlight crunch and texture by adding sautéed nuts, seeds or even a sliced apple to the mix.

Elizabeth Stark writes the blog
Brooklyn Supper —the story of a family eating with the seasons in Virginia and Brooklyn. She believes strongly that good, local food and wholesome meals should be available for everyone.

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