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What is Chow Sum?

Posted by jview Z7a NY (My Page) on
Mon, Jun 16, 08 at 12:57

Yesterday I was at an oriental market in New Jersey and bought a vegetable labeled " chow sum". I have no idea what it is or how to use it. It is about 18 inches long, about an inch to an inch and a quarter thick at the base and tapered to about a half inch at the top where it had been cut off. Each was one single stalk or stem and there were remnants of the leaves that had been removed from the upper part. It is definately not lemon grass. The fragrance was somewhat like pop-corn, to me anyway. I would very much like to learn more about it: what the whole plant looks like, how to prepair it for the table, and maybe how to grow it if possible. Is anyone familiar with it? I do not have a camera so I cannot post pictures.

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RE: What is Chow Sum?

  • Posted by nick123 z4b / sunset 44 (My Page) on
    Tue, Jun 17, 08 at 0:06

If I remember correctly, it is Bok Choy flower stalks, with the leaves and flowers cut off.

RE: What is Chow Sum?

Could it be misspelt? In case it is Choy Sum, which in Cantonese means "vegetable heart", it very yummy and can be stir fried with sesame oil, garlic & shrimps ~ my lazy quick way.
Cut stems & leaves into 2" lengths; heat sesame oil; put in diced garlic; stir fry till fragant; put in shelled medium size shrimps, raise heat, stir fry +- 1min till slightly pink; remove shimps, throw in stems only + a tbsp of water, cook 1 min then add leaves and shrimps and stir fry till leaves darken & shrimps fully cooked. Add some pepper & a dash of soy sauce.
Above goes well with egg-congee or white jasmine rice.
See: sorry, don't know how to create a link here.

RE: What is Chow Sum?

  • Posted by jview Z7a NY (My Page) on
    Mon, Jun 23, 08 at 11:37

Thank you both for responding to my question. Yes, it might very well be misspelled Choy Sum. And thank you for the recipe. The green leaves had been removed before I bought it, but I will try it in a stir fry anyway. I will also google Choy Sum to see what other information I can find. Half of the fun in any hobby is learning new things.

RE: What is Chow Sum?

Sounds very odd to be choy sum to be sold with leaves off. Easy to verify if it is or isnt if you had pictures of it.

Not that it's against the rules but in cantonese cooking, as far as I'm aware, choy sum usually isnt stir fried with garlic as oil&salt is enough seasoning

RE: What is Chow Sum?

Hello, I am currently traveling in China. At a resturant today I had the pleasure of eating a dish with Choy Sum. The vegetable was prepared in a dish under a bed of noodles and thinly sliced beef. The vegetable was prepared similar to steamed broccoli but had a unmistakeable taste and texture of asparagus. I knew it wasn't asparagus by the same way others in this article have described it. However, if you had your eyes closed while eating Chow Sum, you would think it was asparagus. It was so tasteful I made the waiter write it down for me.

RE: What is Chow Sum?

If you wish to grow it, Kitazawa offers seeds in the USA. Evergreen Seeds offers even more variety.

Here is a link that might be useful: Choy sum

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