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Do you know bok choy from choy sum? Can you tell the different between daikon and Chinese yams? With a whole continent to cover, there are so many types of Asian vegetables to explore while cooking at home. And with many of the region's cuisines dominated by vegetables, it's time to start familiarizing yourself. From slender Japanese eggplants to bumpy bitter melon, Asia's vegetable selection makes for great soups, sides or even vegetarian mains. F&W's guide covers all types of cuisines and will introduce you to ingredients that can expand your palate.

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Chow Dau Miu (Garlicky Stir-Fried Pea Sprouts)

This versatile recipe from Danielle Chang's Lunar New Year celebration works with most tender leafy greens—including baby bok choy and choy sum (flowering cabbage)—so pick whatever looks best at the market. Once it is swirled into the garlic-scented oil, the fermented soybean paste adds a layer of savory pungency.

Bok Choy Recipes

Bok choy, a Chinese cabbage, is tender and packed with nutrients, and also stands up well to heat—making it perfect for stir frying or grilling. These recipes include everything from peanut-flavored side dishes to an Asian-inspired frittata.

Steamed Bok Choy with Mapo-Style Pork

This recipe is great for anyone looking to eat less meat. F&W’s Justin Chapple makes crisp steamed bok choy the star, topping it with a modest amount of sweet-and-spicy mapo-style pork. Slideshow:  Chinese Recipes 

Snapper with Black Beans and Bok Choy

The secret ingredient in the tasty sauce here is rosé, which combines perfectly with the classic Chinese flavors in this dish. Slideshow:  More Chinese Recipes 

Snow Pea Salad

This bright, crunchy salad gets a hint of smoky sweetness from the maple syrup in the vinaigrette. Slideshow: More Pea Recipes 
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Kale Pad Thai with Daikon Radish

All of the beloved flavors and textures of pad thai are preserved in this dish, but as a bonus it’s packed with greens and fresh herbs. Soft rice noodles are combined with crunchy fresh daikon strips for an interesting twist. Slideshow:  More Kale Recipes 

How to Make Kin Khao's Epic Blistered Green Beans

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Malay Gnocchi with Shredded Pork Sauce

This dish is based on a Malay specialty called abacus seeds, which is made with a purple yam-and-sticky rice flour dough and resembles gnocchi. Zak Pelaccio bases his version of the dough on roasted taro and sauces his gnocchi with a hearty East-West ragù that contains shredded pork, tomatoes and Asian seasonings like chiles, shallots and mint. More Great Gnocchi Recipes