bok choy

\ ˈbäk-ˈchȯi How to pronounce bok choy (audio) \
variants: or less commonly bok choi \ ˈbäk-​ˈchȯi How to pronounce bok choi (audio) \ or \ ˈpäk-​ˈchȯi How to pronounce pak choi (audio) , ˈpak-​ \

Definition of bok choy

: a Chinese cabbage (Brassica rapa chinensis) forming an open head with long white stalks and green leaves

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September-October: Remove eggplant and peppers; plant leafy greens such as lettuce, arugula, spinach, radishes, bok choy, garlic and leeks. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "Bay Area gardening: Time to plant cool season crops," 5 Sep. 2019 Slices of the steak sit atop a bowl of cauliflower polenta, or on a bed of bok choy and broccoli. Brad Japhe, USA TODAY, "Keto is no passing craze as restaurants cater to ketosis-loving crowd in LA," 30 July 2019 Jung’s cooking shines in dishes such as a chicharrón-esque pork tonkatsu served with sinus-searing Japanese mustard and a fish of the day simmered with bok choy, dashi and shimeji mushrooms. Gustavo Arellanostaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "At Pikoh, Peruvian superstar chef Ricardo Zarate holds back his fastball for a West L.A. crowd," 24 July 2019 Bright-green and nicely crisp bok choy moistened with an XO sauce that Thompson makes is another welcome presence on the table. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "Queen’s English brings Hong Kong’s sizzle to Columbia Heights," 17 July 2019 Part of the cruciferous vegetable family, the sprouts' cousins include cauliflower, kale, broccoli, cabbage, collard greens, and bok choy. Cynthia Sass, Mph,, "7 Health Benefits of Brussels Sprouts," 9 July 2019 The 300 pounds of spinach, romaine, bok choy and other greens each one eats eat every day eat costs a combined $185,000 a year. Scott Wartman,, "It takes a lot of green to buy greens for manatees. Here's how the Cincinnati Zoo spends your money," 24 June 2019 Here the shallow pans of Spanish rice cooked with duck leg confit and bok choy; Norwegian lobster, cuttlefish and peas; seasonal vegetables; or monkfish, prawns, saffron and spinach. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "MAD: A sensory ambush arrives at River Oaks District," 19 June 2019 In went some cucumber, some apple, some bok choy, a whole habanero pepper. Abby Ohlheiser, Washington Post, "They turn to Facebook and YouTube to find a cure for cancer — and get sucked into a world of bogus medicine," 25 June 2019

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First Known Use of bok choy

1847, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bok choy

Chinese (Guangdong) baahk-choi, literally, white vegetable

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English Language Learners Definition of bok choy

: a type of cabbage originally from China that has green leaves with thick, white stems

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