Everything is green around here. Not with envy, or with money; but with vegetables. After a week of vacation, followed by the holidays, and all the food that is associated with those things, I’ve never been happier to fill my plate with green, leafy vegetables.
Lettuces, arugula, spinach and kale have been all over the menu lately, and I expect it to continue well into February.
I made this green dish before the holidays. Now that I’m back in the swing of things in the kitchen – and now that I’ve discovered our local Asian market carries Pak Choi – I will be making this one again.
I like to steam my Pak Choi just slightly – maybe a two to three minutes – before I toss it in the skillet. This isn’t necessarily required. However you choose to cook it, make eating more Pak Choi a New Year’s resolution.
Ginger Soy Pak Choi
1 bunch pak choi, 4-5 stalks
1 tbsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp fresh ginger, minced
1 inch piece lemongrass, sliced
1 tsp raw sugar
¼ tsp dark sesame oil
2 tbsp soy sauce
Sesame seeds for garnish
Steam pak choi 2-3 minutes in a vegetable steamer.
Meanwhile, add the olive oil to a wok and heat to medium. Add the garlic, ginger and lemongrass to the pan. Stir in the sugar, sesame oil and soy sauce. Cook 1-2 minutes.
Increase the heat to medium-high, drain the pak choi and add to the wok. Turn to coat in the sauce. Continue to cook until pak choi reaches your desired tenderness. For me that’s about 1-2 minutes. Transfer to a plate and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Serves 2 – 3.