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11 Best Recipes With Bok Choy: Japanese & Filipino Dishes

by Joost Nusselder | Updated:  October 22, 2022

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Looking for a delicious and healthy recipe to add bok choy to?

Bok choy has a delicate flavor and a great crunch and can be used in many different dishes.

You’ll love the way it tastes in each dish, and you’ll feel good about eating something that is both delicious and healthy.

Best bok choy recipes

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Best 11 recipes with bok choy

Japanese Pork Belly Udon Soup

Pork Belly Udon Soup
Pork belly just melts in your mouth, and the juices melt away in the dashi broth. Delicious!
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Pork Belly Udon Soup recipe

If you’re craving udon soup but don’t what to put in it today, this pork belly version is for you!

The juices of the pork flow so nicely together with the dashi broth that you just want to dig in, so let’s start making it!

Filipino Beef pochero

Beef pochero recipe
Pochero is a tomato-based dish. In this incarnation, we will be having beef pochero recipe. This Beef Pochero recipe is basically a tomato-based stew with chorizo, potato, banana and chick peas.
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Beef Pochero

In terms of ingredients, the tomato-sauce gives this Beef Pochero recipe it’s tasty and decadent taste, the bananas (saging na saba) give it its sweetness, the chickpeas give a visual dissonance to the dish, the potatoes add body and the pechay add balance to all of these flavors.

A possible dish to be served at parties, this Beef Pochero recipe can also be whipped up as a viand in your everyday meal partnered with rice and patis as a side dip.

Filipino Bok choy in oyster sauce stir fry

Bok choy in oyster sauce stir fry recipe
Bok Choy is one of the well-loved vegetables and blended with Oyster Sauce it has actually become one of the favorite recipes in the Philippines.
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Bok Choy in Oyster Sauce Recipe (With Garlic)

It’s very easy to prepare and cook the Bok Choy in Oyster Sauce because aside from having just a few ingredients, it’s more enjoyable to eat the vegetable if it’s not overcooked.

This may be a Chinese dish but you can add some ingredients to have a Filipino twist on it.

It will actually take only ten (10) minutes to prepare and cook so you can even cook it when you need a quick meal on a weekday.

Japanese Yaki udon

Yaki udon with ground beef recipe
This is the perfect protein-packed lunch or dinner recipe for noodle fans. What makes it so great is that anyone can cook it (yes, it’s that easy!), and it’s a 1-pan recipe. Well, you cook the noodles separately, but then cook everything else in 1 pan and mix with the noodles. I’m using pre-cooked frozen vacuumed udon noodles you can buy at Asian grocery stores. I’ll explain why below in the recipe.
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Yaki udon

This recipe takes about 20 minutes to make, and you can use whatever type of meat and vegetables you have on hand. I’m going for a “bolognese” type of flavor and texture, so I chose ground beef and mushrooms as my main ingredients.

To make this genuinely Asian-inspired though, I’m adding some bok choy (Chinese cabbage), spring onions, mirin, and dark soy sauce.

Filipino Nilagang baboy

Nilagang baboy recipe
People often remember the nilagang baboy recipe during the rainy season. Its hot broth, meat, and vegetables put on steaming rice makes wonderful comfort food!
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Nilagang Baboy Recipe (Pork Nilaga)

The nilagang baboy recipe is the newer version of boiled beef soup (made with pork here instead) associated with the peasant class back in the day.

It’s locally called nilagang baka (cow’s meat) and has seen several adaptations. This pork version uses the same ingredients, but you can cook it much faster.

It’s the right dish to prepare if you’re pressed for time. It gives as many nutrients as the beef version does!

Filipino Kare-kare Filipino beef curry

Kare-kare Filipino beef curry recipe
This Filipino kare-kare recipe is a meat and vegetable stew with oxtail, beef or tripe, eggplant, banana buds, pechay, string beans, and other vegetables that are mainly flavored with a sweet and savory peanut sauce.
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Kare-Kare beef curry

Do you like to eat curry? Then you’re sure to like kare-kare, or Filipino beef curry!

Kare-kare is a well-known dish from Pampanga, aptly hailed as the culinary capital of the Philippines. Its name is derived from the word “kari”, meaning “curry”.

However, kare-kare has a far different background from Indian curry. It has a similar flavor to satay because of the use of peanuts in the sauce.

Japanese Tan tan ramen

Tan tan ramen recipe
The spicy bean paste, chili oil, and milky broth elevate ramen to the next level. This Japanese noodle dish is a great alternative to regular ramen noodles!
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Tan tan ramen recipe | Delicious noodles with a spicy kick how to make

This dish contains ramen noodles, savory ground meat, sesame, peanuts, and spicy chili oil plus you can add your favorite veggies and toppings like egg.

It’s all served in a spicy milky broth and is one of the tastiest Japanese noodle soups!

There’s nothing quite like a big bowl of tan tan ramen on a cold day and this recipe will show you how to make it at home. The secret is adding spicy chili oil which adds some kick to elevate ramen noodles.

I’m sharing my favorite tan tan ramen recipe with all the delicious substitutions you can make.

Filipino Sinugno

Sinugno recipe (grilled tilapia in coconut milk)
Sinugno recipe is simply that; grilled Tilapia in coconut milk stew. It is, on the one hand, tasty and nutritious.
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Sinugno

Tilapia is one of those many fish species that just oozes with flavor whenever it is grilled; what with its fragrant aroma and tenderness.

Add this thought with stewing this grilled Tilapia into coconut milk and you’re in for a treat. Sinugno recipe is simply that; grilled Tilapia in coconut milk stew.

It is tasty and nutritious.

Filipino Bulalo ng Batangas

Bulalo ng Batangas recipe
Bulalo is a popular dish in Batangas, wherein you would normally see the best bulalo served alongside the roads, usually near bus stops. Batangas is the center of the cattle industry in Luzon.
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Bulalo Recipe

During the rainy days in the Philippines, when the wind produces cool breeze, there is this one dish that people long for to soothe the chilly rainy weather, and that is the delicious Bulalo.

In Leyte, it is called “pakdol,” while it is referred to as “Kansi” in Iloilo and Bacolod.  

The secret to the hearty flavor of a Bulalo recipe is slow cooking the beef bones with yellow corn on the cob, pechay leaves, peppercorns, onion, and cabbage.

Some old folks in the Philippines still use wood-fired pots when simmering and tenderizing beef bones, but a large stock pot will do fine for this recipe :)

Japanese miso-glazed salmon

Oven broiled miso glazed salmon with sushi rice and vegetables
This dish is perfect for a light weeknight dinner, and it pairs well with aromatic jasmine rice or grilled veggies.
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Miso glazed salmon with rice

Salmon marinated in a flavorful mixture of miso, soy, and sake, then oven-broiled. Sounds delicious, right?

If you are a fan of Japanese flavors, you’ll love this quick and easy recipe. You only need fresh salmon filets and just a few ingredients to make this dish.

It’s perfect for a light weeknight dinner, and it pairs well with aromatic jasmine rice or grilled veggies, so what are we waiting for?

Filipino Pesang manok

Pesang manok recipe
This is a chicken broth-based recipe, it cannot be helped that this is yet another one-pot meal which makes it a favorite for busy people and for those people who are just beginning to cook.
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Pesang Manok Recipe

Pesang manok recipe is similar to chicken broth-based dishes such as Tinola (which uses sayote or papaya and chili leaves in its recipe) and Nilagang Baka (which has cabbages and saging na saba) and it is possible that you could interchange the three dishes.

However, what distinguishes pesang manok from the others is the recipe’s extensive use of ginger, cabbage, napa cabbage, and potatoes.

These, if we talk about the vegetables thrown into the mix, make this dish a heavy and healthy meal.

Beste recipes with bok choy

11 Best Recipes With Bok Choy

Joost Nusselder
Bok choy is healthy and crunchy and the perfect addition to any soup or stew, and even stir-fries.
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Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 7 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Filipino
Servings 5 people
Calories 449 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 medium onion
  • 4 Bok choy
  • Peppercorn
  • Pinch of salt

Instructions
 

  • Add onions, garlic, pork broth cubes, salt, and peppercorn to the water and cook your main protein, like meat or fish.
  • Add harder vegetables like corn and carrots and wait until cooked or soft.
  • Then add the bok choy last and cook for another 5 minutes so it remains tender but crispy.

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Nutrition

Calories: 449kcal
Keyword Bok Choy
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Conclusion

You can do a lot with bok choy, and these Japanese and Filipino dishes show you exactly the range of this healthy vegetable.

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Joost Nusselder, the founder of Bite My Bun is a content marketer, dad and loves trying out new food with Japanese food at the heart of his passion, and together with his team he's been creating in-depth blog articles since 2016 to help loyal readers with recipes and cooking tips.