A wide variety of Asian green vegetables are readily available in Australia and New Zealand in both local supermarkets and Asian green grocers. They are nutritious and tasty, whilst also being easy to grow and cook.
Cooking with different varieties of Asian greens is relatively simple. Pak choy and bok choy are essentially the same plant. Bok Choy has a white stem, and pak choy has a green stem.
Asian greens are easy to grow, maintain and cook with. Use pak choy and bok choy in soups and stir fries.
For years each individual vegetable was known by a host of different names and it was confusing. But now, thanks to national standards each individual vegetable is known by one name, so you should have no trouble finding the vegetables listed below.
SHRIMP WITH CHINESE GREENS STIR FRY
1/2 – 3/4 pound shrimp
1 tablespoon Chinese rice wine or dry sherry
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/2 pound Chinese greens (bok choy)
4 ounces fresh mushrooms, or 6 Chinese dried mushrooms or dried Shiitake mushrooms
2 tablespoons vegetable or peanut oil for stir-frying, or as needed
2 thin slices ginger
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup chicken broth, sodium-reduced if possible
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon light soy sauce
black pepper, to taste
1 teaspoon cornstarch mixed with 2 teaspoons water
1 If using frozen shrimp, defrost in the refrigerator. Rinse the shrimp under cold running water and pat dry with paper towels. Place the shrimp in a bowl and add the rice wine or sherry, 1/2 teaspoon salt and cornstarch, stirring in one direction (this is to make sure the marinade spreads evenly.)
2 Chop the bok choy stalks diagonally and the leaves across into 1 inch pieces. Wipe the mushrooms with a cloth or soft brush and cut into thin slices. If using Chinese dried mushrooms, soak in hot water for 20 minutes to soften. Drain the softened mushrooms, remove the stems and cut into quarters.
3 Preheat the wok and add 2 tablespoons oil. When the oil is hot, add the ginger. Stir-fry for about 30 seconds, until aromatic, then add the prawns. Stir-fry until they turn pink. Remove the cooked shrimp from the pan.
4 Add a bit more oil if needed so that there is about 1 1/2 tablespoons oil in the wok. Add the bok choy, mushrooms and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Stir-fry for 1 minute (Note: add a small amount of water or rice wine if the vegetables are a bit dry). Add the chicken broth, cover and cook for 2 more minutes.
5 Add the shrimp back into the pan. Add the sugar, soy sauce, and pepper. Give the cornstarch/water mixture a quick restir and add in the middle, stirring to thicken. Cook, stirring for another minute and serve hot.
Also try: Chinese Pork Belly with Asian Greens