This simple baby bok choy is the perfect side dish for everything!
I get yelled at all of the time for not sharing some of my simplest recipes. Okay, yelled may be a bit strong. I get questioned a lot as to why I don’t share some of my simplest recipes.
I’m always so mindful of not talking down to people. I mean, there are just so many things that I don’t do well and I would hate it if someone made me feel bad about those things. So, I don’t post some of my easiest recipes because I never want anyone to feel that I think they are not on the ball.
Anyway, enough rambling… here’s how I make my simple bok choy. And I make it a lot. It’s one of my favorite vegetables. This simple baby bok choy goes so well with so many things. And you can spruce it up any way you like. I love to cover it with sesame seeds. Or sometimes I will drizzle a little toasted sesame oil on it. Or, sometimes I like to pick it up with my hands and dip it in spicy mayo. (I know, it sounds a bit off, but it’s really good!)
Here’s a recipe of mine for Chili With Bok Choy... you’re gonna love it!
This really is the perfect simple, healthy side dish:
In Eastern medicine, bok choy is used to quench thirst, aid digestion, prevent constipation and treat diabetes. It is rich in vitamin C, beta-carotene, folate and fiber. And there are only 20 calories in one cup of Bok Choy. So, it’s good for you, it’s easy to prepare, and it tastes good.
Ginger is a Chinese herb (Gan Jiang) that warms the body. It’s especially good during cold weather and also during seasonal changes. So, when it’s winter or when winter is trying to turn into spring, and we (those of us on the east coast) get some of these cold, raw, damp days, ginger will make you feel better and will help boost your immune system. Old folklore shows that ginger was rubbed on scalps to stop baldness. And, in some circles, a ginger paste is still rubbed on arthritic joints to stop pain (don’t try this at home unless you are diagnosed with a cold-condition by an acupuncturist).
I am a big fan of replacing regular table salt with sea salt. Sea salt is not processed very much, allowing the minerals (and there are many) to remain in a state in which the human body can easily process them. Salt actually can help with various skin conditions, is good for your teeth, helps with some painful eye condition and can help stave off muscle cramps. It helps with digestion and it lessens the effects of food poisoning. Salt is actually a Chinese herb called Mang Xiao and is used to treat constipation and eye conditions.
- One huge bag of baby bok choy.
- 10 quarter-sized slices of fresh peeled ginger
- sea salt
- optional toppings: sesame seeds, toasted sesame oil, spicy mayonnaise
- Add about 1-inch of water to a large pot. Add lots of sea salt and bring it to a boil.
- Drop in the bok choy and the ginger.
- Give it a stir to make sure it's all wet.
- Cover the pot and lower the heat a bit.
- Let cook a few minutes, then uncover and stir it up.
- Check your bok choy after a few minutes, because as soon as it's how you like it, shut off the heat and drain the pot.
- Make sure not to overcook this delicate vegetable!
- Top with sesame seeds or drizzle a bit of toasted sesame oil on top and sprinkle more salt as you see fit.
- Me, I'm dipping mine in spicy mayo...