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Choy with Bean Sauce
Thailand

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4 side  
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20 min  
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This recipe makes a tasty side of greens or a light vegetarian main dish for two. I often make it when I'm tired of meat. Most varieties of choy will work The photo shows miniature Boc Choy, one of my favorites (but difficult to wash out all the grit). For a similar recipe with pork or beef see Pork & Choy with Bean Sauce.



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c
T
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Choy (1)
Oyster Mushroom (2)
Garlic
Red Chili fresh (3)
Oil
Stock
Yellow Bean Sauce (4)  
Lime Juice fresh
Prep   -   (15 min)
  1. Tear leafy parts CHOY into convenient pieces. Cut stems diagonally into attractive bitesize pieces. Keep separate.
  2. Slice MUSHROOMS lengthwise 1/4 inch thick and toss in with the Choy leaves.
  3. Chop GARLIC small.
  4. Core CHILIS and slice thin.
  5. Squeeze LIME JUICE.
Run   -   (10 min)
  1. In a wok or spacious sauté pan heat OIL and fry Garlic gently until just aromatic. Stir in Choy Stems and fry stirring for a few minutes depending on thickness.
  2. Stir in Choy Leaves and Mushrooms until coated with oil.
  3. Stir in Stock, then Yellow Bean Sauce until well mixed.
  4. Simmer covered for as long as your particular Choy needs to be just barely tender, then stir in Chilis.
  5. Turn off heat and stir in Lime Juice.
  6. Serve as a side or as a light main with plenty of steamed Jasmine rice.
NOTES:
  1. Choy:   I often use tiny Bok Choy (not what supermarkets call "baby bok choy", that's actually Shanghai bok choy). Other choys to consider are Choy Sum (white or green), Shanghai Bok Choy, regular Bok Choy, Yu Choy (oilseeed rape) or Napa Cabbage. For details see our Cabbage & Mustard Greens page (the Asian Greens section).
  2. Mushrooms:   Fresh Oyster Mushrooms are best, particularly the small King Trumpet mushrooms now grown in California. Canned can be used, including Straw Mushrooms. For details see our Fungus / Mushroom page.
  3. Chili:   Around here we all use Fresnos, but Holland Red will do fine, or just one red Anaheim. For details see our Chili Page.
  4. Yellow Bean Sauce:   What you want is the ugly brown stuff. For details see our Yellow Bean Sauce page. If you don't have that, Fish Sauce will also work fine.
  5. U.S. measure: t=teaspoon, T=Tablespoon, c=cup, qt=quart, oz=ounce, #=pound, cl=clove in=inch, ar=as required tt=to taste
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