This recipe was adapted from "Clean: The Revolutionary Program to Restore the Body's Natural Ability to Heal Itself" (HarperOne, 2009). It makes two servings -- you can share with a friend, keep one portion for the next day, or halve the recipe.
Steaming this popular Chinese vegetable with chile, garlic, and ginger spices up its otherwise subtle essence. We love baby bok choy for its small size and tender leaves, but this recipe can also be made with regular bok choy sliced lengthwise into 1 1/2-inch pieces.
Chef Eric Ripert, of Le Bernardin in New York City, enjoys exploring foods from many parts of the world. Sauteed grouper prepared with baby bok choy, ginger, and soy and oyster sauces is an example of his interest in Asian foods and ingredients.
Sesame seeds have a delicious nutty flavor. For an even coating, press them into the chicken so they stick. The seeds can spoil quickly, so refrigerate any unused ones. Thinly sliced beef, turkey, or pork may be substituted for the chicken in this warm salad.
Made from soybeans and also known as bean curd, tofu is a popular East Asian food that's low calorie, cholesterol-free, and protein rich. Available in a variety of textures, from custardlike to firm, it has a mild taste on its own, but acts like a sponge for the flavors of the foods with which it is cooked. In this recipe, tofu is combined with steamed Chinese white cabbage, also known as bok choy.
Baby bok choy, which is more tender than the vegetable is at full size, is sold at Asian markets and many grocery stores. If you can't find baby bok choy, use one head of regular bok choy. Cut it in half lengthwise, and cut each half into quarters.