To those who didn’t know, Bok Choy is a cruciferous plant that is commonly found in Asian countries such as Thailand. Needless to say, it’s somewhat related to lettuce, cabbage, kale, broccoli and cauliflower. Even though it is usually found along with some delicious Asian cuisines, it is worthy to point out that Bok Choy can also be prepared in many ways, most of which are definitely healthy and nutritious. It is also a high source of Potassium, Calcium, Folate, Vitamin A and C.
Bok Choy is usually sold in markets at a regular size, though baby bok choy is afforded because it is more tender and has a sweeter flavor. Listed below are the ways where you can prepare Bok Choy the easy and healthy way:
- Steamed Bok Choy – If you choose baby Bok Choy, it is much better if you steam it. Make sure that you wash it thoroughly to remove dirt in the leaves. Steaming baby Bok Choy can take up to six minutes while the regular-sized one usually takes up to 10 – 12 minutes. Add some olive or sesame oil, garlic, salt and pepper.
- Stir-fried Bok Choy – Just like your favorite vegetable, Boy Choy can also be stir-fried. Just saute the washed Bok Choy along with some spices and simmer for a few minutes before adding seasonings.
- Bok Choy as a Soup Ingredient – Just like cabbages, Boy Choy can also be used as a soup ingredient, especially if that soup consists of some choice meat and other vegetables.
- Grilled Bok Choy – Whether you believe it or not, regular-sized Bok Choy can also be grilled and dipped in some spicy sauce. If in case that you don’t have a grill, you can use a broiler instead.
- Braised Bok Choy – To those who didn’t know, braising is almost the same as steaming. The only difference is that instead of using tap water, you’re going to use either chicken or beef broth for additional flavor.
- Bok Choy in Noodles – Who says that Bok Choy can’t be used in noodles? That’s certainly not true! As a matter of fact, some Asian cuisines use Bok Choy instead of lettuce as the main vegetable in their noodles. If you don’t believe it, try to eat in a Chinese restaurant and buy yourself some Lo Mein Noodles.