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Milk Street Recipe

Sesame-Garlic Stir-Fried Baby Bok Choy

30 minutes

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Sesame-Garlic Stir-Fried Baby Bok Choy

In this simple, speedy stir-fry garlic and chili complement the bok choy without muddling its fresh, subtly sweet cabbagey notes. Shaoxing wine has a rich, slightly nutty flavor. It’s worth searching it out in well-stocked supermarkets or at the Asian grocery store, but if it is not available, dry sherry is a fine substitute. So the bok choy cooks in the right amount of time, look for heads 4 to 5 inches long and 2 to 3 inches in diameter, with bright white stems and deep green leaves. The layers can trap sand at the base; cleaning is easiest after the heads are halved. Plunge them into cold water and swish them about, then drain well and dry thoroughly, as excess water will cause wateriness in the finished dish.




Don’t begin cooking until all your ingredients are prepared and close at hand. From the time the garlic begins heating in the oil to transferring the bok choy to a serving dish is no more than a matter of a few minutes.

30 minutes

Mary Beth E.

Would be good to tell us what a ALAPEÑO CHILIES, are! Google tells me they are a mild Jalapeno or is it just a typo!!!

Lynn C.

Hi Mary Beth -

This is a typo -it should be jalapeños. We've corrected the recipe. Thanks for bringing this to our attention!

The Milk Street Team

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