Visually, Pak Choi is a bit reminiscent of Swiss chard, but tastes very different. The white stems have a very slight spice, which is especially effective in Asian dishes. Pak choi is therefore very popular as an ingredient in burnt wok dishes. But the good cabbage also tastes good as an ingredient in vegetable soups, baked in the oven or raw in a salad.
Prepare the pak choi correctly
Before processing, first cut off the woody stem and possibly the outer leaves as well. Wash well and chop the leaves and stems separately. The stems last significantly longer than the leaves to cook, so always fry or boil the stems first, they last about four minutes – this keeps the vegetables al dente. Add the leaves at the end. They should only collapse briefly and are ready in just one or two minutes.
Pak Choi is often prepared in wok or pan. Simply fry in oil and season with Asian flavors, such as coriander, ginger, lemon grass and soy sauce. For vegetable soup or the Japanese noodle soup special ramen, first fry the pak choi. Then fill with broth and season to taste.
Pak Choi as a side dish or salad
Alternatively, Pak Choi can be prepared in a similar way to spinach or thistle, for example as an accompaniment to chicken or lamb. To do this, briefly sauté the cabbage or sauté it with a few chopped onions. The cabbage can also be well processed, for example with potatoes and minced meat in a casserole, which is baked with cheese in the oven.
Pak choi also tastes raw as a salad dressing: Cut the leaves and stems into small pieces and use as a leaf salad, combine with other vegetables to taste. Marinate with classic oil and vinegar vinegar.
Purchase and storage of pak choi
Although Pak Choi comes from Asia, the vegetable is available from us all year round. The goods often come from Dutch greenhouse cultivation. Outdoor Pak Choi comes from June to November. When you buy the cabbage, it should be clear and firm, with no faded parts or brown spots. Consume the pak choi as soon as possible. It will keep in the refrigerator for about a week, ideally wrapped in a damp cloth.
Grow your own pak choi
If you have a garden, you can easily grow Asian cabbage yourself. Pak Choi is quite insensitive and can be either promoted or sown directly outside. The ideal time for this is summer, but the seeds can also be planted from mid-May. Pak Choi prefers a sunny to semi-shady location.