My very favorite part about cooking bok choy is listening to my husband shout “BOK CHOY!” every ten seconds or so for no apparent reason. My second favorite part is how quickly this delicious and super healthy side dish comes together.
My first exposure to bok choy came from watching the original “Iron Chef” episodes back in the day. It was never the “secret ingredient,” but it did show up in a lot of dishes. Bok choy is a cruciferous vegetable that is sometimes referred to as “Chinese Cabbage.” It has a mild, slightly sweet flavor. The stem is similar in both taste and texture to celery, and the leafy portion is similar in taste and texture to spinach. Bok choy packs a powerful nutrient punch! It is an excellent source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Vitamin B6, Folate, Calcium, Iron, Potassium and Manganese and has a glycemic load of 1. Many traditional grocers now carry bok choy in their produce sections. If yours does not, try your local Asian market….