In Memory Of Karen Nicole Smith, 1972 - 2016

Fry Pak Choi With Saltfish.

Pak Choi (Pak Choy or Bok Choy) as I recall, mom usually cooked when she had leftover Stewed Pork from the previous evening’s dinner to add to the mix. Rarely did she ever make it on it’s own or with salted cod (say saltfish) as I’m about to share with you.

You’ll Need…

5 lbs Pak Choi
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 scotch bonnet pepper (optional)
1/4 lb prepared salted Pollock
8-10 grape tomato
1/2 large onion (sliced)
7 cloves garlic (smashed)
2 tablespoon olive oil

Notes. The Salted Cod (salted Cod will work, but it can be a bit more expensive) I used was packaged as ‘boned’, which means the bones were removed. Watch this video on How To Prepare Salted Fish for use. I used chopped grape tomatoes, but you can dice a whole large tomato should you not have any. If you’d like to keep this fully vegan, you can skip the salted fish step. IMPORTANT! If doing this recipe gluten free, please go through the full list of ingredients to ensure they meet with your gluten free dietary needs.

It’s very important that you remove all the leaves of the Pak Choi and wash them individually (explained why in the video below). Then trim off the bottom (discard), stack and chop.

Prep your other ingredients as well.

In a wide saucepan on a medium low flame, add the olive oil (use any oil you like using) followed by the salted fish pieces. Stir and cook for 2-3 minutes.

Then add the onion, garlic, scotch bonnet pepper (if you like things spicy) and black pepper. Cook for a further 3 minutes.

It’s now time to start adding the washed and chopped Pak Choi to the pot. It will seem like a lot, but in a few minutes it will wilt down and easily fit in the sauce pan. I try to not cover the pan as I find it develops too much moisture (apart from the moisture the pak choi will already release).

Keep adding the chopped pak choi as it wilts down, then add the salt. Note. The salted Pollock may still have a bit of salt left in it even after you prepare it, so please keep that in mind. Reduce your heat to medium low and cook for about 25 minutes.

At this point, add the tomato to the pot and stir well. It’s now time to personalize this dish a bit. Taste and adjust the salt to your liking and in my case it still had a tiny bit of moisture on the bottom of the pan, so I cranked up the heat for 5 minutes, to get rid of that (fry it dong, as my mom say). However it’s up to you if you want that moisture as it’s fully cooked at this point.

This day I enjoyed it with rice, but my favorite is with Sada Roti fresh off the tawa.

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