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The Main Ingredient recipe: Pak choy with black seeds



The Main Ingredient recipe: Pak choy with black seeds

Tony Jackman’s pak choy with black cumin (nigella) seeds and black sesame seeds. (Photo: Tony Jackman)

Sesame and cumin seeds, but the black varieties of each, add flavour and pop to this easy side dish.

Two varieties of tiny black seeds are used for this; nigella, also known as black cumin, and black sesame seeds, the darker cousin of the more commonly used white ones.

This recipe accompanies this column.


1 head of pak choy/bok choy

2 Tbsp oil

2 garlic cloves, sliced thinly

1 red chilli, sliced thinly

3 cm ginger, peeled and cut into slim strips

1 tsp black sesame seeds, toasted

1 tsp black cumin seeds, toasted

1 Tbsp soy sauce

1 Tbsp sweet soy sauce

1 Tbsp fish sauce


Wash and dry the pak choy and separate the leaves. Cut off most of the petioles (the white stems) and slice them into thin strips lengthwise. Leave the leaves whole.

Toast the seeds in a wok on a low heat until they begin to pop, then add the oil and stir-fry the garlic, ginger and chilli for a minute on a moderately high heat.

Add the white stems and stir-fry for a minute, then add the leaves and stir-fry for another minute. Add the sauces, toss it around while stirring, and serve. DM/TGIFood

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