Side Dishes

Stir-Fried Baby Bok Choy (清炒小棠菜)

Stir-Fried Baby Bok Choy (清炒小棠菜)

This dish is a simple, quick, and healthy way to prepare baby bok choy, highlighting its fresh, crisp texture and sweet flavor.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese


  • 500 g baby bok choy cleaned and ends trimmed
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • Salt to taste

Optional Ingredients:

  • A splash of soy sauce or oyster sauce for extra flavor
  • A few drops of sesame oil for a nutty aroma
  • Crushed red pepper flakes for a bit of heat


Prepare the Baby Bok Choy:

  • Rinse the baby bok choy thoroughly under cold water. Shake off excess water but no need to completely dry.
  • If the bok choy is large, you can cut them in half lengthwise. Smaller bok choy can be cooked whole.

Heat the Pan:

  • Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat.

Sauté Garlic:

  • Add the minced garlic to the oil and sauté just until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Be careful not to burn the garlic.

Stir-Fry the Baby Bok Choy:

  • Add the baby bok choy to the pan. Stir and toss quickly to coat with oil and garlic. Continue to stir-fry for about 2-3 minutes or until the leaves start to wilt and the stems are crisp-tender.


  • Sprinkle salt to taste. If using, add a splash of soy sauce or oyster sauce and a few drops of sesame oil. Stir well to mix.


  • Transfer the cooked baby bok choy to a serving dish. If desired, sprinkle with crushed red pepper flakes for a bit of spice.

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