If you’re used to eating cabbage after it’s been stewed or boiled, you probably still think that it doesn’t have much flavor or texture. Even if regular cabbage isn’t for you, you can always try Chinese cabbage, also called bok choy. Join us as we give you some ideas about how to prepare it for your next meal!
The next time you make a stir-fry, mix it up a little bit. Pair shrimp, chicken, or steak with the bok choy and add some bean sprouts.
Stir-frying is quick and easy, and won’t take too long to prepare. Split the bok choy into leaves and chop it up if you think the pieces are still too large. Make sure they’re all bite-sized, it’ll make them easier to pick up with chopsticks. Heat up your wok and use some oil as your liquid. Stir up to three minutes to get crisp veggies or go long and brown them before you add soy sauce, garlic, or green onions.
You can also try braising the bok choy. By simmering it, you can make it silky-soft and smooth.
Again, split them into leaves and chop them up. Set the wok over medium heat instead of high heat. Add chicken broth, vegetable broth, or plain water to the bok choy. Then throw in a dash of salt and cover to let it cook for twenty minutes.
Roasting works too! Instead of putting it on the stove, use the oven. Any temperature setting between 350 and 425 will do. Give them about 20 minutes, especially if you are roasting them alongside a chicken!
What You Should Know
Before you can cook any bok choy, you’ve got to know what you’re looking for! It all depends on your preferences when it comes to flavor. Baby bok choy is much more tender and also sweeter, which could be more appealing to you especially if you’ve never tried it before. Plus you have some other preparation options: cooking them whole, splitting them up, or chopping them. Here’s the thing, though: as with other greens, avoid any that look too brown. Wilted bok choy doesn’t taste all that great.
However, the bok choy you do get won’t cook down either, so you won’t need to buy as much. A single large bunch should be enough to serve to your whole family all at once. Just make sure to keep it well-covered, preferably in the refrigerator. After that, you can keep it up for up to a full week, and it’ll still be good.
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