Thursday, January 30, 2014

Braised Baby Bok Choy

 Gong Xi Fa Cai (Pronounced: gong she fa chai.) is how you say Happy New Year in Mandarin. This Friday kicks off Chinese Lunar New Year, the Year of the Horse. If you happen to be a Horse like me, you are active, energetic, sexy, quick-witted, and a hard worker. You also love your Chinese vegetables and braise a mean bok choy.
If you've never tried bok choy in the past, now is your chance. It is shockingly easy to work with, great tasting (Mr. O-P who is not known for particularly liking vegetables gobbled his down), can be used in just about anything from salads to soups to casseroles, to a simple sauté. It has few calories, and offers both protein and antioxidants such as vitamins A, C, and K.  As if this isn't enough, it's just so gosh darn cute!

Braised Baby Bok Choy

1-1/2 tablespoons butter
3/4 lb. Melissa's baby bok choy, cleaned and trimmed
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon Asian sesame oil
Freshly ground black pepper

Bring broth and butter to a simmer in a deep large skillet or a three-quart saucepan. Place bok choy, arranging so that bulb ends alternate to make maximum use of space. Simmer covered, until tender, about 4-5 minutes. Watch it as this happens rather fast. Using tongs, transfer bok choy to a heated serving dish and keep warm, covered, while you boil the remaining broth 
mixture until reduced to about 1/4 cup.  Stir in sesame oil to taste and pepper lightly. Pour mixture over bok choy.

If you want to get really special, after braising, chop off the leaves at the bottom, slice the bok choy in half, and form the two halves into this heart shape. How adorable would this be as a side dish to serve to your sweetie on Valentine's Day?

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~~louise~~ said...

I could just kick myself, Pattie! I had Bok Choy in my hands today and for some reason, I put it back. It may have been because it wasn't organic but I sure wish I was certain, lol...You sure do braise a mean Bok Choy and I wish I had me some right now!!! Thank you so much for sharing...I guess I better get my butt over to Wegman's and get me some Bok Choy!

Miz Helen said...

Hi Pattie,
I just love Bok Choy and this will be a great recipe to try, it looks so good! Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great weekend!
Miz Helen