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2006-09-15

>bok choy vs. yu choy


One of the most overused vegetables on the menu is bok choy (白菜: "white vegetable"). One of the most overlooked vegetables on the menu is yu choy (油菜: "oil vegetable") or yu choy sum (油菜心 yu choy "heart")

Baby yu choy is delicate, firm, and cooks beautifully in high heat. Its lovely yellow flowers are edible, too. It reminds you of rapini (broccoli rabe). Currently in America's Chinese restaurants, there seems to be one yu choy for every 10 baby bok choy dishes. At Mars restaurant in Austin, you find chicken supreme with hoisin, fois gras butter, basmati rice and yu choy.
Enchoy. (I can't believe I said that.)

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