Recipe: Braised Baby Bok Choy in Oyster Sauce with Sticky Black Rice
When I'm craving food with a lighter touch, I often turn to braising or steaming. I didn't use so much as a drop of oil when making tonight's dinner.
Yield: 2-3 main course servings
Time: 25 minutes (plus time to steam the rice)
- 3 cups chicken or vegetable stock
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 1/2 tablespoons oyster sauce
- 3-4 bunches baby bok choy, halved
- 1/2 cup diced carrots (2 carrots)
- 1 tablespoon grated or minced fresh ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
- 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 3 tablespoons chopped cilantro
- 1 tablespoon chopped peanuts, optional
- Cooked Asian rice (I used black sticky rice)
1. In a deep-lipped saucepan or wok large enough to accommodate the bok choy, bring stock, soy and oyster sauce to a simmer. Add bok choy, bring to a simmer again and cover for 4 minutes. Add carrots and simmer an additional 2-4 minutes, depending on size of bok choy, or until bok choy is just tender. ?
2. In a small bowl, whisk the vinegar and cornstarch until smooth. Remove bok choy from stock and then whisk the cornstarch mixture into the seasoned stock; stir in red pepper and ginger. Continue to simmer until mixture has thickened. Reheat bok choy in the sauce. Serve bok choy with rice and sauce and sprinkle dish with chopped cilantro and peanuts, if using.
This recipe was written by Peggy Lampman and originally posted on AnnArbor.com on Jan. 18, 2012.