Bok Choy w/ Anchovies

by Kiran on August 9, 2013 · 66 comments

in Chinese, Sides, Stir Fry

Hi friends!

Today, I’m just plain lazy. I’m treating myself to a simple stir fry and calling it a day. Keeping it simple, fresh and no-fuss. After all, it’s leafy greens. Over-cooking it is just as bad as tough and chewy seafood.

Trust me, you don’t want to do that.

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In Malaysia, leafy greens are generally consumed in a form of stir-fry’s. You’d hardly find others serving fresh salads to their guests even as a side dish. That is considered as non-comforting food to serve to guests. My mom makes the best curries in the world and she always serves it with a side of stir-fry leafy greens.

For the kids in the family, she hardly did any coaxing. Sometimes, all the coaxing can be avoided if leafy greens are flavored and cooked in the right way. My brother used to cringe at the side of fresh raw salads. Lol.

Garlicky Bok Choy w/ Anchovies | KiranTarun.com

I’m sure many are just cringing at “anchovies”. But let me assure you this is different from the bottled or paste anchovies that is commonly used and known for its pungency.

There’s no pungency here. Only deliciousness and crispness.

Garlicky Bok Choy w/ Anchovies | KiranTarun.com

I found this anchovies from an Oriental market. The husband refers to anchovies as little fishies. As cute as that sounds, its way too tasty to ignore. Gather some strength, ignore the cute factor and gobble.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 tsp garlic, chopped
  • 4 big handfuls of bok choy, chopped
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce (or soy sauce)
  • 3 tbsp dry anchovies

Directions:

  1. Heat a large non-stick wok on medium. Add dry anchovies and toast until lightly browned and crisp, for about 2 minutes by stirring often to avoid burn. Remove to cool.
  2. Heat the same wok on high and add sesame oil. Once oil is heated, add garlic and toss in bok choy. Drizzle fish sauce and stir-fry everything for 1 minute or just when vegetables begin to wilt. Do not overcook.
  3. Remove from heat and serve it hot, topped with crisp anchovies.

 

Garlicky Bok Choy w/ Anchovies | KiranTarun.com

Looking forward to a relaxing and no-fuss cooking weekend. And you should too. Enjoy :)

What’s your favorite leafy greens? Have you tried dried anchovies before?

 

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1 simi August 9, 2013 at 1:11 PM

I thought I could never say gorgeous to a plate of bok choy ! you seem to have magic on your fingers
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2 Kiran August 18, 2013 at 1:46 PM

Simi — haha! thanks a lot :)

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3 Angie@Angie's Recipes August 9, 2013 at 1:31 PM

Simple and beautiful. Love those dried anchovies.
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4 Kiran August 18, 2013 at 1:47 PM

Angie — thanks friend :)

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5 Barbara | Creative Culinary August 9, 2013 at 5:13 PM

You call it a simple stir fry and I call it simply wonderful. Sometimes simple is just perfect for our busy lives.
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6 Kiran August 18, 2013 at 1:48 PM

Barb — ditto and thank you!

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7 Rosa August 9, 2013 at 5:20 PM

A simple, but refined dish!

Cheers,

Rosa

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8 Kiran August 18, 2013 at 1:48 PM

Rosa — thank you so much!

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9 rika@veganmiam.com August 9, 2013 at 9:08 PM

Interesting styling! I will be posting a vegan fish sauce version later this week :)

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10 Kiran August 18, 2013 at 1:49 PM

Rika — I saw that recipe. Yum!

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11 Irina @ wandercrush August 9, 2013 at 9:40 PM

Everyone has their “lazy” stir-fry days :) These bok choy are adorable. You did such a good job photographing those little guys!
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12 Kiran August 18, 2013 at 2:02 PM

Irina — thank you so much! yay for lazy stir-fry days :D

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13 Monica August 9, 2013 at 11:52 PM

I like lots of leafy greens and bok choy is one I grew up on. I could use a lot of veggies right now after coming home from vacation.
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14 Kiran August 18, 2013 at 3:17 PM

Monica — leafy greens are so easy to prepare and chow!

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15 GAYATHRI August 10, 2013 at 12:23 AM

love bok choy..such a healthy dish..looks yum..lovely presentation
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16 Kiran August 18, 2013 at 3:22 PM

Gayathri — thank you so much!

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17 Laura (Tutti Dolci) August 10, 2013 at 1:17 AM

I love bok choy, what a tasty dish!
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18 Kiran August 18, 2013 at 3:24 PM

Laura — :)

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19 Anne ~ Uni Homemaker August 10, 2013 at 3:52 AM

This sounds delicious Kiran! I love a good stir-fry. And leafy greens are always delicious in my book.
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20 Kiran August 18, 2013 at 3:28 PM

Anne — thank you so much, friend :)

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21 Sissi August 10, 2013 at 10:01 AM

I think this is the kind of tiny fish I have discovered in Japan. I loved it! I love anchovies in general, fresh or canned ones. I sometimes feel like finishing the whole can just with a piece of bread! Your bok choy and tiny achovies dish looks perfect: simple, fresh and not overcooked ;-) (I hate overcooked mushy vegetables, well maybe apart from aubergine). I would love to see baby bok choy more often here (I usually find only the bigger ones).
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22 Kiran August 18, 2013 at 3:32 PM

Sissi — wow! i’ve never met anyone that is so enthusiastic about anchovies in every shape or form, like myself ;)

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23 foodwanderings August 10, 2013 at 11:53 AM

Plain lazy looks mighty pretty & yummy too. Love this simple dish and I am back on the stir fry wagon so this is a perfect. I would never think of Bok Choy & dried anchovies, I don’t have…do you think canned would work just the same, without the crunch?
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24 Kiran August 18, 2013 at 3:34 PM

Shulie — i think the canned one would work too. Just use a little, mash and fry it with garlic. let me know how it tastes :)

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25 cquek August 10, 2013 at 1:36 PM

I want one of these. Right now please.

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26 Kiran August 18, 2013 at 4:09 PM

Cquek — thanks and i wish it was portable :D

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27 Daniela @ FoodrecipesHQ August 10, 2013 at 2:00 PM

Never tried dried anchovies before. A few ingredients involved for a simply delicious meal!
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28 Kiran August 18, 2013 at 4:10 PM

Daniela — a must try. it’s so delicious :)

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29 sippitysup August 10, 2013 at 2:08 PM

You have such an artful way of plating food. I notice that consistently here. GREG
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30 Kiran August 18, 2013 at 4:41 PM

Greg — thank you so so much!!

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31 Swathi August 10, 2013 at 4:32 PM

Delicious bok choy, you have give an a tasty makeover with little anchovies.
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32 Kiran August 18, 2013 at 4:58 PM

Swathi — thank you!!

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33 Mary @ Fit and Fed August 11, 2013 at 1:02 AM

I’ve never had dried anchovies and had no idea that the words ‘crisp’ and ‘anchovies’ could go together. But I love the idea of all these savory tastes on the lightly stir-fried bok choy. Simple, healthy, and tempting!
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34 Kiran August 18, 2013 at 5:49 PM

Mary — thank you! the anchovies that are bottled is processed and these ones are just dried without much processing. Best eaten fresh and crisp :)

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35 Raymund August 11, 2013 at 4:34 AM

I tried something similar before but its the fermented anchovies, tasted awesome!
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36 Kiran August 18, 2013 at 5:53 PM

Raymund — as long as it’s anchovies, everything would tastes good :)

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37 hemalata August 11, 2013 at 8:47 AM

Delicious looking recipe, looks great.

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38 Kiran August 18, 2013 at 6:15 PM

Hemalata — thank you :)

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39 john@kitchenriffs August 11, 2013 at 1:42 PM

I’ve seen dried anchovies in Asian markets but haven’t tried them – I’ll have to. I love wilted greens! Collards can stand long cooking, but you’re right that most can’t. Really good recipe – thanks.
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40 Kiran August 18, 2013 at 6:24 PM

John — you need to try it! so good :)

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41 Mr. & Mrs. P August 11, 2013 at 4:11 PM

So simple and flavorful!!!. Love the dried anchovies!!!
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42 Kiran August 18, 2013 at 6:42 PM

Christy — thank you :)

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43 Nik August 11, 2013 at 5:26 PM

This looks very refreshing, Kiran.Though, I’ve stir fried bok choy before, I’ve never tried using anchovies, going to give this a shot!
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44 Kiran August 18, 2013 at 7:20 PM

Nik — thanks!! adding crispy baby anchovies definitely adds a lot more flavor and texture :)

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45 Daniela August 11, 2013 at 8:47 PM

Love all the ingredientes in this awesome, fresh recipe.
Great pictures, everything looks so tempting :)
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46 Kiran August 18, 2013 at 7:58 PM

Daniela — thank you so much!!

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47 easyfoodsmith August 12, 2013 at 8:50 AM

You caught me thinking aloud when you wrote `cringing at anchovies’! :-)
And also, you have tempted me into trying them :-)
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48 Kiran August 18, 2013 at 8:10 PM

EFS — you need too :D

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49 Monet August 12, 2013 at 11:08 PM

This looks delicious. I LOVE bok choy and I think that this version (with the ever delicious anchovies) looks particularly good. Thank you for sharing. I hope your weekend was lovely and relaxing.
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50 Kiran August 18, 2013 at 8:20 PM

Monet — thanks my dear. and I hope you are doing well :)

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51 Ash-foodfashionparty August 13, 2013 at 12:18 AM

Your pictures are just stunning. Love stir fried vegetables.

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52 Kiran August 18, 2013 at 9:17 PM

Ash — thank you so much :)

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53 Carolyn Chan August 13, 2013 at 3:00 AM

Simple is often the best – and that looks delicious ! Give me that plate and a bowl of rice and I’d be good for a meal :)
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54 Kiran August 18, 2013 at 9:45 PM

Carolyn — haha! me too! love simple yummy stir-fry’s :)

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55 Kumar's Kitchen August 13, 2013 at 7:29 AM

oh this looks stunningly good, so fresh with the green bokchoy…
awesome food clicks and a light,delicious combination of ingredients
:-)
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56 Kiran August 18, 2013 at 10:04 PM

Kumar — thank you so much :D

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57 Shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com August 13, 2013 at 8:54 AM

Kiran – these photos are gorgeous – what a simple yet elegant recipe! Yup – i would definitely eat bok choy if it looked like this :)
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58 Kiran August 18, 2013 at 10:47 PM

Shashi — thank you so much. after all, we eat through the eyes first ;)

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59 Marta@What should I eat for breakfast today August 13, 2013 at 4:58 PM

The plate on 3rd picture is so beautiful.

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60 Kiran August 18, 2013 at 11:38 PM

Marta — thanks so much, friend :)

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61 Amy Tong August 13, 2013 at 10:56 PM

Your boy choy with anchovies is simple and lovely. Totally perfect for a lazy summer day. :) I love stir fry cos it’s done in minutes.
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62 Kiran August 18, 2013 at 11:43 PM

Amy — thanks and ditto about simple stir-fry’s :)

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63 Nami | Just One Cookbook August 16, 2013 at 12:18 AM

I love anchovies and my mom always encourage me to eat it for calcium intake. I love to try this dish! Healthy and delicious!
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64 Kiran August 18, 2013 at 11:46 PM

Nami — your mom is right ;)

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65 Gemma @andgeesaid August 21, 2013 at 6:51 AM

I must find some of those anchovies!!! I don’t know if they have them here, I’ve only ever seen them soaking in oil! These are more ‘ikan bilis’-ish!
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66 Kiran August 23, 2013 at 8:38 AM

Gemma — yes, this is definitely baby ikan bilis. good luck!

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