Taste editor Lee Svitak Dean offers an easy recipe for a weekend meal.
STIR-FRIED BOK CHOY WITH SHRIMP AND OYSTER SAUCE
Serves 2 to 4.
From "Eating Local," by Sur la Table and Janet Fletcher.
• 1 lb. bok choy
• 2 tbsp. chicken broth
• 1 tbsp. oyster sauce
• 11/2 tsp. soy sauce
• 11/2 tsp. cornstarch
• 1 tsp. toasted sesame oil
• 1 tsp. dry sherry or Chinese rice wine
• 1 tbsp. plus 1 tsp. peanut oil, divided
• 1/2 lb. medium shrimp (21 to 25 count), peeled, devined, and patted dry
• Kosher or sea salt
• 2 slices fresh ginger root,1/4 -in. thick, peeled and smacked with cleaver
• 1 large garlic clove, sliced
• 1/2 fresh red chile, sliced, optional
Separate bok choy leaves from the white ribs. Tear each leaf into 2 or 3 pieces. Halve the ribs lengthwise, then cut crosswise into 2-inch pieces. Set aside.
In small bowl, whisk together broth, oyster sauce, soy sauce, cornstarch, sesame oil and sherry or wine.
Heat large wok (or large frying pan with high sides) on high heat until drop of water sizzles on contact. Add 1 teaspoon peanut oil and spread oil around bottom of wok with spatula. Add shrimp, season with salt, and stir-fry until they turn pink but are not completely cooked through, 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer to plate.
Add remaining 1 tablespoon peanut oil to wok and spread oil with spatula. Add ginger and cook for about 30 seconds to release its fragrance, then add bok choy stems, garlic and chile. Stir-fry, adjusting heat to prevent scorching, until bok choy begins to soften, 2 to 3 minutes. If stems are quite thick, you may need to add 1 or 2 tablespoons of water and cover wok briefly to complete the cooking, but do not overcook.
Stir oyster sauce mixture to recombine. Add to wok along with bok choy leaves. Stir-fry until leaves begin to wlt, less than a minute, then add shrimp and stir-fry until fully cooked.