Yu Choy Sum

(Choy Sum)

Brassica rapa ssp. parachinensis


BASICS & HOW-TO

CULINARY INFO

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BASICS & HOW-TO

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Yu choy sum is not quite as well-known as some of the other Chinese green vegetables, but it’s incredible easy to use, versatile to cook with, not to mention delicious. This has made it quite popular in China (especially in the South), and generally fairly easy to find at Asian grocery stores.

Technically, yu choy and (yu) choy sum could be sold as different vegetables; choy sum refers to the young, tender vegetable hearts, but yu choy can be grown to produce a larger, less tender vegetable. As a general rule, the younger ‘choy sum’ stalks are preferred, but larger plants are similar in taste and use.



CULINARY INFO

Yu choy sum is relatively mild, with a slightly sweet flavour. Older yu choy often has a more pronounced bitter and/or mustard-like flavour. The stems are generally more intensely flavoured than the leaves.


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Yu choy sum is extremely high in Vitamins C and A, moderately high in calcium, and low in calories.



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