Baby bok choy is a type of cabbage, originally from China that has green leaves, with thick white stems. You can find baby bok choy at the market all year round.
How to Select Baby Bok Choy:
Look for firm stalks that are free of brown spots, wilted or broken leaves, limp stalks, and discolouration.
How to Store Baby Bok Choy:
When wrapped in paper towels, or unwashed in a plastic bag and stored in the vegetable crisper section of the refrigerator, baby bok choy should keep for up to 5 days.
How to Prepare Baby Bok Choy:
Baby Bok Choy is very easy to prepare, just chop off ¼ to ½ inch of the stalk and separate the leaves while washing to make sure there is no grit caught between the leaves.
Cooking Methods: When the time comes to start cooking, you’ll find that baby bok choy is extremely adaptable; boiling, steaming, stir-frying and even deep-frying are all possibilities.
How to Boil: 3 – 4 minutes for the stalks, 1 – 1 1/2 minutes for leaves.
How to Steam: Steam for about 6 minutes for the stalks, 2 – 3 minutes for leaves
How to Stir-fry: about 5 minutes for stalks, 2 minutes for leaves – the leaves should be just wilted and bright green.
Freezing: We do not recommend that you freeze baby bok choy
Baby Bok Choy Tips:
-Use it as a substitute for cabbage
– If the baby bok choy is especially dirty washing it multiple times is recommended.
-The flavour of baby bok choy pairs very well with garlic, when you first add oil to your pan you should add minced garlic to the pan as soon as the oil is heated.
Baby Bok Choy goes well with: Cashews, carrots, ginger, garlic, bell peppers, cabbage, eggplant, shrimp, green onions, oyster sauce, soy sauce, sesame oil, beef, chicken, pork, mushrooms, scallions, lemongrass, orange, fermented black beans, and lemon.
Serving Ideas: With its sweet flavor and crisp texture, baby bok choy works well with a variety of foods. It is a fantastic addition to stir frys and is delicious when pureed with lemongrass to make soup.
As a side dish, baby bok choy tastes great roasted whole in the oven with olive oil, salt and pepper.
Nutrition: Baby bok choy is a good source of vitamin C, fiber and sulfur-containing phytonutrients that help with antioxidant activity and detoxification. Bok choy is rich in minerals, including calcium, phosphorous, potassium, manganese, iron and magnesium.