Bok choy is one of the most important ingredients in authentic Chinese cooking, but for many, the process of preparing bok choy is mysterious. In China, this delicate vegetable is prepared in a variety of ways, but most frequently it is enjoyed as part of a crispy stir fry, and in soups. I have always loved cooking with bok choy and sharing it with my family and friends. It is one of the most nutritious vegetables in the world and is noted for its association with longevity and cardiovascular health, when part of a diet low in animal fat and low in sugar.
So, how can you prepare delicious bok choy in your home? What do you do with it once you have purchased it from the produce market? Normally, the first step involves thorough washing. Bok choy arrives in stalks, similar to celery, and it tends to gather the most dirt near the base of the stalks. You can pay extra for pre-washed bok choy, yet, I do not recommend this. I always prefer to wash my own vegetables. The rest is up to you, but here are some basic instructions for cooking with bok choy: