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#1 Wed 07 Mar 07 8:05pm

Michele C

From Hampshire
Member since Sun 30 Jul 06

Pak Choi - ideas on best way to cook

Hi All

After all the good advice I have received about stews I thought I would ask again! I brought and cooked some Pak Choi. I steamed it for about 2 minutes with noodles but when I went to eat it I found it to be tough, stringy and almost inedible. Any ideas, is it the cooking or the condition of the product, what should I look for? Thanks. Michele

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#2 Thu 08 Mar 07 6:56am


Forum champ
From Sydney, Australia
Member since Tue 22 Jun 04

Re: Pak Choi - ideas on best way to cook

Chinese-style pak choi 

2 heads of pak choi
2 tbsp olive oil
½ glass red wine
1 tsp red wine vinegar
2 spring onions, trimmed
1 red pepper, sliced
2 tbsp olive oil
1 wedge of lemon
handful of coriander
1 tsp sugar

1. Braise the pak choi in the oil, wine and vinegar for 6-8 minutes, turning occasionally.
2. Blanch the spring onions in boiling water for one minute to soften.
3. Wrap the spring onions around the pak choi.
4. In a pan, heat the oil and sauté the pepper slices for 3-4 minutes.
5. Add the lemon wedge, coriander and sugar.
6. Season and serve with the pak choi and sauce it was braised in.

Pan fried noodles with tofu, pak choi and soy dipping sauce 

For the noodles
110g/4oz noodles
3 tbsp vegetable oil
For the dipping sauce
2 tbsp honey
2 tbsp soy sauce
dash Tabasco sauce
1 lime, juice only
1 tbsp peanut butter
2 tbsp fresh coriander leaves, chopped
For the tofu
110g/4oz tofu, cut into strips
2 tbsp vegetable oil
For the pak choi
2 pak choi
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tbsp soy sauce
To garnish
fresh coriander leaves, chopped

1. Bring a large pan of water to the boil.
2. Cook the noodles according to packet instructions and drain.
3. To make the dressing, place the honey, soy sauce, tabasco, lime juice, peanut butter and coriander in a bowl and mix together.
4. Toss the drained noodles in three tablespoons vegetable oil and pan-fry for 2-3 minutes each side, until crispy.
5. To cook the tofu, heat the oil in a frying pan and cook for 1-2 minutes either side.
6. Remove from the pan and toss in the dressing.
7. Stir the pak choi in the pan with the vegetable oil and sauté for a few minutes until soft. Stir in the soy sauce.
8. Serve the tofu on top of the noodles and alongside the pak choi. Finish by drizzling the dressing over, and garnishing with fresh coriander.


120 ml chicken or vegetable stock
1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
450 g (1 lb) pak choi, halved or quartered
Salt to taste
2-3 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
a few drops of chilli oil or hot sauce (optional)
200 g (1/2 lb) cooked ham, cut into small strips

Bring the stock and ginger to a boil over high heat in a large frying pan or wok. Add the pak choi and salt to taste. Turn heat to low; cover and simmer for about 10 minutes, until tender. Place the pak choi on a serving dish. Sprinkle with the vinegar and optional chilli oil, and garnish with the sliced ham.

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#3 Thu 08 Mar 07 10:24am


Forum champ
From Germany
Member since Mon 13 Mar 06

Re: Pak Choi - ideas on best way to cook

I use pak choi in fried noodles sometimes. I slice the stems and add them with the other veggies (bell peppers, mushrooms or whatever) and the leaves just before the end.
Also fried in a little olive oil with garlic like I would with fresh spinach.

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