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Old 03-07-2008, 07:04 AM   #1
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Shanghai Bok Choy

During the visit in Halifax, we bought two bags of Shanghai bok choy in an oriental store.
What is the difference among Shanghai bok choy, local bok choy and local baby bok choy?
Shanghai Bok Choy Baby Bok Choy
Bok Choy
Shanghai bok choy is sweet, crispy, juicy. Its shape is so cute and elegant, so that it can be used as garnish vegetable as well.
Shanghai bok choy is small, not as giant as bok choy. It needn't be halved to fit the wok.
Tear down four Shanghai bok choy (green leaf with greenish stalk together), rinse and dry.
Prepare sauce: add 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp sugar, 1 tsp tapioca starch in 1/2 cup water, whisk well.
Heat wok under high power, add some oil in hot wok, stir in Shanghai bok choy, until stalks turn very green. Pour sauce in, stir thoroughly to have veg evenly covered with condensed sauce.
I don't add other flavour or sauces, my hubby and I both like the fresh and natural taste of Shanghai bok choy. Tapioca starch is quite different from corn starch, which can create a shiny dish.
Mmm, Shanghai bok choy + diced pork in soy sauce + rice = fancy life

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Old 03-07-2008, 07:45 AM   #2
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Very attractive arrangement there Ruby. I like my baby bok choy tossed in garlic and oyster sauce. Yummo!!
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Old 03-11-2008, 09:34 AM   #3
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I am glad you like it, Bilby.
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Old 03-11-2008, 11:00 AM   #4
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chef ruby, i just bought some shanghai bok choy, to wok. love the stuff.

i like mine just quickly stir fried, then a splash or two of soy sauce, and a coupla tbsps of chicken stock. maybe a fraction of a tsp of minced garlic and ginger. and that's it! just let it steam for a few seconds, and serve.


btw, i like the way you arranged the outer, larger leaves around the hearts.
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Old 03-11-2008, 12:14 PM   #5
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I never realized the baby bok choy I've been eating all my life were Shanghai. Most of the baby bok choy sold around me are all Shanghai bok choy. I much prefer the taste of Shanghai bok choy. Typically, I quarter them if they are larger, halved if smaller. I ditto the yummmm on bok choy + soy pork.
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Old 03-12-2008, 08:53 AM   #6
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To: Buckytom
"larger leaves around the hearts", you definitely got the point, I made it especially for the anniversary dinner.

To: Plumies
How lucky you are! We drove 3 hours to buy Shanghai bok choy, and they were the last two bags left in the store.
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Old 03-13-2008, 12:24 AM   #7
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I have to guess location attributes to how available Shanghai bok choy is. (I'm totally guessing here). Next time I'm at an Asian food market, I'll check to see how many varieties of bok choy there is.

ChefRuby, do you know if baby bok choy can be frozen?
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To: Plumies,
No, I don't think it can be frozen. It turns dehydrated and its texture changes. But if you use baby bok choy in soup or as filling of dumpling, the frozen baby bok choy will not impact the taste too much.
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Thanks, that's what I figured. I think I'm going to use the remainder of my bbc in some ramen soup tonight.
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chef ruby, i just bought some shanghai bok choy, to wok. love the stuff.

i like mine just quickly stir fried, then a splash or two of soy sauce, and a coupla tbsps of chicken stock. maybe a fraction of a tsp of minced garlic and ginger. and that's it! just let it steam for a few seconds, and serve.


I made it a few nights ago, following your technique above, BT, only I omitted the ginger and used a splash of sesame oil instead of soy sauce (I was going by memory and too lazy to look it up!).

Some kosher salt at the table and, man oh man, was it fabulous! Makes it's own nice light sauce this way!

Thanks!

Lee

P.S. I quartered them lengthwise.
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