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Cooking 101 at Casa de Cuisine: Sesame Baby Bok Choy with Oyster Sauce

A classic Chinese side-dish very simple to make and only 4 ingredients.
A classic Chinese side-dish very simple to make and only 4 ingredients.
Chef Larry Edwards/Casa de Cuisine

In this new series called Cooking 101 at Casa de Cuisine, Chef Larry Edwards will teach you some of the dishes the Casa is known for and people love. Each of the inclusions in this new series will feature a complete how-to slideshow. So enjoy learning to cook with one of the most popular Chef's in the world and bestselling cookbook author.

So, what is bok choy? Well, in the simplest terms it is a Chinese variation of cabbage. If you happen not to like cabbage, don't let that turn you off bok choy. Though it is a variation of cabbage, it doesn't have neither the flavor nor texture of cabbage. It does, however, have all the incredible nutrients of cabbage and a helluva lot more. As a matter-of-fact, bok choy is considered one or nature's wonder foods.

This is a very simple dish to prepare at home. Most often Sesame Baby Bok Choy with Oyster Sauce is served as a side dish. More times than not, I will enjoy it as an entree along with some steamed Jasmine rice. To properly prepare this dish, you will need to cut the baby bok choy into julienned slices. In the slideshow I will show you what this means.

Most markets carry baby bok choy. It is the same product as bok choy, just smaller. If your market doesn't have baby bok choy, you can use the larger bok choy but remove the tough and woodsy white stalk.

Ingredients needed to make Sesame Baby Bok Choy with Oyster Sauce (serves 2 as a side dish):

  • 2 baby bok choy
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tsp. toasted sesame oil
  • 1 Tbs. oyster sauce
  • 2 tsp. sesame seeds, either raw or toasted

Steps:

  1. Remove the root ends of the baby bok choy.
  2. Using only the leaves, slice into julienned pieces (see picture in slideshow).
  3. Into a medium saute pan, add the water and sesame oil and bring to a simmer.
  4. Add the bok choy and cook 5 minutes.
  5. Add the oyster sauce and cook 2 minutes.
  6. Sprinkle on the sesame seeds and serve.

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