Seared Baby Bok Choy with Tofu and Shitakes

by Tony Rosenfeld, from Fine Cooking

1/2 lb. extra-firm tofu   

1/3 cup low-salt chicken broth
1-1/2 Tbs. minced jarred jalapeño slices          

2 tsp. Asian sesame oil
1 tsp. granulated sugar 

3 Tbs. canola oil
1/2 lb. baby bok choy, cut in half lengthwise     

1 tsp. kosher salt
2 TBSP fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced    

2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
3-1/2 oz. fresh shiitakes, stemmed

Drain and cut the tofu into 3/4-inch-thick slices. Cut each slice crosswise into 1/2-inchwide sticks (you should have fat, rectangular sticks). Put the tofu on paper towels and set aside. In a small bowl, mix the broth, jalapeño, sesame oil, and sugar.

Set a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat until hot, about 1 minute. Add 1-1/2 Tbs. of the canola oil and once it’s shimmering hot, add the bok choy, cut side down. Sprinkle with 1/2 tsp. of the salt and cook, without touching, until browned, about 2 minutes. Continue to cook, tossing, until the bok choy stems start to soften and wilt, about 2 minutes more. Transfer to a plate.

Add the remaining 1-1/2 Tbs. canola oil and the ginger to the skillet and cook, stirring, until golden, about 1 minute. Add the garlic and let it sizzle for 10 seconds. Add the tofu and shiitakes, sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 tsp. salt, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the mushrooms brown and soften, about 3 minutes.

Return the bok choy to the pan, add the broth mixture, and cook, tossing, until the sauce evenly coats the vegetables and the bok choy is tender, about 2 minutes. Serve immediately.