In the kitchen
To store, keep pak choi in a bag in the fridge and use within 3 to 4 days.
Prep & Cooking tips
The pronounced-V shaped stalks will take more time to cook than the tender green leaves, so for most recipes it makes sense to separate the leaves from the stalks. Cut away the root end to separate the leaves and cut, rather than tear, the leaves away. If using whole, the root can stay attached and the head can be cut lengthways into long, handsome, tapering wedges.
The stalks can be sliced and stir-fried for 2-3 mins before adding the leaves for the final 30 seconds or so to wilt. None of it needs to be cooked for long. In many cases the succulent crunch of the stalks is what you want in a dish. Asian flavours are its most common bedfellows. Throwing soy, hoisin, teriyaki, chilli, ginger or garlic at it, in varying combinations, can rarely go wrong. Alternatively, they can make a perfectly simple side of greens for even the most prosaic dishes.
Pak choi sometimes just doesn't feel right until it's paired with the salty, spicy and aromatic flavours of Asian cooking.
Steamed It isn’t often we recommend steaming veg, but it is ideal for pak choi. We like to cut the larger leaves into long lengthways strips and keep the smaller ones whole. Steam for 3-4 mins until the leafy ends are wilted but the stalks still have a slight crunch. Dress with something savoury and salty before serving – soy, teriyaki, hoisin or miso all suggest themselves.
Stir fry It works wonders in a hot wok as you get two textures. Divide the leaves and stalks, finally slice the stalks and add those first. Cook them fast and leave a bit of bite to them. Throw the leaves in at the end along with some ginger, garlic and chilli, and let them wilt and soften. Finish with a squeeze of lime and maybe a garnish of toasted sesame seeds.
Brothy bowls Slice into generous strips and add a handful into a bowl of hot, fragrant, spicy broth for the last few minutes of cooking. A tangle of just-cooked greens are at home in everything from a bowl of ramen to a spicy laksa, or even a simple miso soup.
Goes well with
Asian flavours (chilli, ginger, sesame, soy, tamari, miso)
Meat (Pork, beef chicken & duck)
Fish & seafood
Rice wine vinegar
Pak choi recipes
Teriyaki tofu bowl with pak choi, shiitake, peanuts and poached egg
Serves: 2 Total time: 40 min
Pak choi with chicken broth
Serves: 5 Total time: 1h 25 min
Pork Indonesian style
Serves: 4 Total time: 1h 5 min
Teriyaki pork stir-fry with spring greens, shiitake and brown rice
Serves: 2 Total time: 30 min
Serves: 2 Total time: 55 min
Miso soba noodles with shiitake, sea salad and spring veg
Serves: 2 Total time: 20 min