Being vegetarians, we are always looking for interesting new recipes to try. I love going to our local Asian Farmers Market (which i will be writing another post about in the near future), and finding new vegetables and things to try. If you haven’t found your local Asian Farmers Market, you need to get on Google or Yelp and look for it right now. Not only do they have an incredible amount of produce, meat, and exotic foods, but I guarantee the prices on produce are the cheapest you will see anywhere. You will find things for half the price you would pay at your grocery store. One of my favorites lately has been bok choy. It’s a type of vegetable that is much like spinach, but has some crunchier parts to it. The base of the stalk is more crunchy, and the leaves when cooked are wilted just like spinach. You can throw it into soups, stir fry’s, or serve it all by itself. I have been making it as a aide to go with other Asian food and it’s so tasty and satisfying.
This recipe for Spicy Steamed Bok Choy takes less than 5 minutes to make, it’s really healthy, and it’s super cheap as well. At my Asian Farmers Market they had 1lb of bok choy for only .99 cents. I was able to get 6 bok choy for only $1!! That’s a great deal. And, most of the other ingredients you likely have on hand in your pantry. You can also make this recipe with baby bok choy or regular bok choy. If you use regular bok choy they are bigger, and will take longer to steam.
Also, although this recipe is ‘spicy’, I will say it’s not that spicy. This would be totally fine for kids, but if you like more spice, you can add more pepper to kick it up.
I just love how vibrant the bok choy is! It’s a very beautiful side dish!
- 4 or more baby bok choy or regular bok choy
- 1 tablespoon roasted sesame oil
- 2 tablespoon soy sauce
- 2 garlic cloves, crushed
- 1/2 teaspoon chili flakes
- 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
- 1. In a small bowl, combine sesame oil, soy sauce, cloves and chili flakes. Set aside.
- 2. Cut bok choy length ways in halves. Place into a steamer, cut-side up. Steam covered until tender, about 3 minutes or 4-5 minutes if using larger bok choy
- 3. Transfer to serving bowl. Drizzle over the dressing. Garnish with sesame seeds. Serve immediately.
- Serves 4
And just for fun (I can’t get enough of these pictures!)….