Our meal today was a weekday standby favourite Thai green curry but the vegetables this time were oyster mushrooms and bok choy - a Chinese cabbage that means 'white vegetable' in Cantonese.
The bok choy, also spelled pak choi, bok choi, and pak choy is a vegetable that grows quite happily in the U.K was succulent. It was a refreshing change from the broccoli and cauliflower I normally use. The oyster mushrooms were firm and rather meaty too.
We picked up most of these ingredients from a place called See Woo. It is perhaps the largest Oriental Food Specialists in Scotland that sells a wide selection of Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Malaysian, Thai, Vietnamese and other speciality products. If you can't find it in your supermarket, you are guaranteed to find that elusive ingredient here whether its dried, frozen, canned, preserved or fresh.
Many of you will know that I don’t really like shopping at Cash and Carry-like stores, and prefer supporting smaller independent traders, but I had another reason for treading here. I’ve been looking out for some 'vegetarian prawns'. I know it does sound like an oxymoron, but they do exist, honest.
We came home with some 'vegetarian prawns' that have gone straight into the freezer for another time, as well as some Thai green curry ingredients which included the above bok choy, oyster mushrooms as well as these two packets of dried mushrooms.