Boy choy is yet another vegetable that I don’t think I ever would have cooked or purchased if not for my lovely CSA. I’m sure I’ve eaten in as part of Chinese take-out, but I always skip right past the cabbage section at the grocery store. In fact, when I first received this veggie in my CSA bunch, I didn’t even know how to cook it! Do I eat the whole thing, cut off the white part, cut off the leaves? I just chopped it up and hoped for the best. And (of course) it was GREAT!
This is a Papa Bear bok choy above, but if you can find Baby Bear bok choy at the store, pick it up because it’s even better than the “adult” version. I use the whole thing, but when I’m making a stir-fry, I always add the leaves near the end, because like other greens, they can cook down to nothing in a hurry. I’ve also thrown it in soup, which was really good.
A few days ago, I used bok choy in a curry that also included broccoli, carrots, chicken, and tofu. Even though it’s an Asian vegetable, boy choy can be used in a variety of dishes.
Bok Choy Information
Bok Choy is a member of the cabbage family and quite popular in Asian cuisine. Also known as Chinese white cabbage, among other names, it is frequently found in wonton soup and many stir-fry dishes ordered in Japanese and Chinese restaurants. Mildly flavored with a tender sweetness, bok choy is a welcome accompaniment to many meals without being overpowering. It can be found fresh year-round in supermarkets.
In the fridge, bok choy will last about 4-5 days (at least, that’s been my experience). If it had some brown spots when I go to use it, I just cut those parts off and use the rest.
Bok choy is found in the produce aisle of our supermarket (editor’s note: UM, duh?), and listed in the ingredients of various soups, stews, and stir-fry dishes.
Bok choy is rich in vitamin C, beta-carotene, calcium and dietary fiber. The leafy vegetable also contains potassium and vitamin B6. Some of the vitamins found in bok choy are also powerful antioxidants. Bok choy is an excellent source of folic acid, and can also contain other healthful nutrients like iron, depending on where it was grown.