Super fast and simple, this Garlic Bok Choy Stir Fry recipe is perfect for a quick vegan lunch or busy weeknight dinner. I love it best served over steamed rice.
Every once in a while I like to take a vacation. Correction: I need a vacation. But a busy schedule make it an almost impossible desire. Instead, I take time to “zone out.” I take these mini-holidays on any particular day and when I think I most deserve it. I leave everything behind and pretend I’m on an adventure. Anything to spice up my routine lifestyle.I wear my favourite pair of comfortable pants, put on my comfy walking shoes, and armed with a camera and a few bare necessities, I set out on an exploration.
The streets by my home are lined with vintage stores filled with pretty little things. There’s a cafe on the corner of the street that serves the best chocolate eclair I’ve ever had. As I walk down that road, filled with the hustle and bustle of people walking their dogs and moms dragging their kids from the ice-cream shop, it gives me a sense of vacationing. You know, the feeling you get when you experience a place for the first time. It’s curious how enriching it can be just to take in all the sights and sounds and see things from a new perspective. It helps me. It helps me forget deadlines, and to-do lists. It helps to open up my mind to new avenues of thinking. Some I never even knew were embedded somewhere in my head.
I walk the extra mile to a nearby lake. I turn towards my favourite bench overlooking the horizon and I enjoy my eclair. My camera captures things that I see along the way and want to keep imprinted on my mind. These also become inspiration for the rest of the week; sometimes even the month! What is most exhilarating, is the feeling of being free. It gives me a chance to see things around me in a new light.
With food, I often feel the same way too. Sometimes, you just want something different and simple – like this Garlic Bok Choy Stir-fry recipe. It doesn’t have to be exotic or even back-breakingly elegant. Just different enough to take your palate on a holiday. I try and keep at least one day of the week where I try out something different.
I often create or recreate recipes depending on my mood. Sometimes, it’s the ingredients that are new to me, and most times, the flavours that follow along. This Garlic Bok Choy Stir-fry dish is one such feat. With an open mind to create vegetable dishes that I would enjoy and always come back to, I decided to play around with bunches of fresh Bok Choy I picked up a few days ago. It resulted in what has now become one of my favourite comfort dishes. Yes, it really is that good that I promise you won’t even try cooking bok choy any other way!
Garlic Bok Choy Stir-fry
- 1 tsp light cooking oil
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- 1 tbsp finely chopped garlic
- 1 small onion thinly sliced
- 8-10 bunches baby bok choy washed and cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1 tsp white pepper
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- salt to taste
- Heat the oils in a deep non-stick wok and add in the chopped garlic and sliced onions.
- Once the garlic and onions starts to sizzle, add in the bok choy and stir-fry for about a minute.
- Add in the white pepper and soy sauce, give it a good mix and stir-fry for another minute until the leaves start to wilt. Season with salt if needed and serve warm.
This post was originally published in August 2007 and has been recently updated.
If you like this recipe, then you will surely like my Ginger Shrimp Stir-fry.
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