Recipes for the Holidays

Stay Warm with Pac Choi Soup

 

You know what we have a lot of right now? PAC CHOI. Is that the same as bok choy, you ask? Not quite. Pac choi has more leaf and less stem, and the variety we plant is purple and beautiful. With vegetables, the darker the color the more antioxidants. Our pac choi is packed with them. Visit our FARMSTAND tomorrow and take some home with you to try this soup recipe.

 

Pac Choi and Beef Noodle Soup

 

Ingredients:

  • 4-inch piece fresh ginger
  • 2 Tbs. canola oil
  • 1 yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 whole star anise
  • 5 garlic cloves, crushed and thinly sliced
  • 2 tsp. Asian chili garlic paste
  • 4 cups chicken stock or low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 2 lb. beef blade steak, trimmed and cut into slices 1/4 inch thick
  • 5 baby bok choy, about 1 1/2 lb. total
  • 1 Tbs. kosher salt, plus more, to taste
  • 1 1/2 lb. fresh Chinese wheat noodles
  • 4 green onions, thinly sliced

Directions:

1. Peel the ginger, cut it into thin slices and crush each slice with the flat side of a chef’s knife.
2. In a large Dutch oven, over medium-high heat, warm the oil. Add the onion and sauté until softened, about 3 minutes. Add the cinnamon sticks and star anise and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant and the cinnamon sticks begin to uncurl, about 2 minutes. Add the crushed ginger, garlic and chili paste and cook, stirring constantly, about 45 seconds. Add the stock, soy sauce and 4 1/2 cups water.
3. Increase the heat to high, cover and bring to a boil. Stir in the beef and return to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover partially and simmer until the beef is very tender, about 1 1/2 hours.
4. Meanwhile, trim the bottom ends of the bok choy and slice into small chunks. In a large saucepan over high heat, bring 4 quarts water to a boil. Stir in the 1 Tbs. salt and the noodles, return to a boil and cook until the noodles are tender, about 3 minutes. Drain the noodles, rinse well under warm running water and drain well again. Divide the noodles evenly among 6 to 8 warmed bowls.
5. Using a slotted spoon, remove and discard the cinnamon sticks, star anise and ginger from the broth. Add the bok choy and cook until just tender-crisp, about 5 minutes. Add half of the green onions and stir to combine.
6. Taste the soup and adjust the seasonings with salt. Ladle the soup over the noodles, distributing the beef and bok choy equally. Garnish with the remaining green onions and serve immediately. Serves 6 to 8.

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