Thursday, January 1, 2009

A Simple Side

I was making my fig and plum glazed duck, with duck fat roast potatoes and wanted to do a different side dish than I usually do. Something fast yet elegant looking and flavorful. I found an old post on Tastespotting for Bok Choy with Garlic, posted by The Kitchen Sink and decided to give it a go. My sauce didn't turn out as sticky as theirs looked, but it was still a great change from the usual, and I love the way halved bok choy looks all piled up on a plate.

Stir-Fried Baby Bok Choy with Garlic:
1/3 cup/75 ml chicken broth
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 1/2 tsp cornstarch
1 tbsp peanut or vegetable oil
1/4 cup thinly sliced garlic (about 8 cloves)
2 lb baby or Shanghai bok choy, halved lengthwise
2 tsp Asian sesame oil

Stir together broth, soy sauce and cornstarch, until cornstarch has dissolved.

Heat wok or large skillet over high heat until a drop of water evaporates instantly. Pour peanut or vegetable oil down side of wok, then swirl oil, tilting wok to coat side. Add garlic and stir-fry until pale golden, 5 to 10 seconds. Add half of bok choy and stir-fry until leaves wilt, about 2 minutes, then add remaining bok choy and stir-fry until all leaves are bright green and limp, 2 to 3 minutes total. Stir broth mixture, then pour into wok and stir-fry 15 seconds. Cover with lid and cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are crisp-tender, 2 to 4 minutes. Stir in sesame oil, then transfer to a serving dish.

This one will be a keeper for me!


  1. This looks great. I love bok choy but am always unsure what to do with it. I shall definitely give this a try!

  2. This looks so fresh and delicious. I love adding greens to any meal - they're so filling and nutritious. Thanks for visiting my site, yours is great!

  3. I've been tempted time and again by bok choy in the produce section but have always moved on because I had no idea what to do with it. Now I have something to try! Great post

  4. I love cooking bak choy this way. Simple and delicious.

  5. Yum, simple, healthy and delicious!

  6. That is a simple and yet a tasty side.

  7. I tried this with broccoli and it was INCREDIBLE!!!!!!!!!! I keep this page open in a tab at ALL times so I can make this! Thank you so much for sharing this. It is my new favorite veggie preparation method!!