Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Kangkung Belacan

Kangkung, in other words, is water spinach. Kangkung in Malaysia can be literally grown anywhere, they do literally sprout easily in shallow water and in ponds, along the drains as well. We Malaysians living in the city, the so called, we like to believe we are the elite group compared to the rural folks, not me though, we, sadly, some of us don't have time for growing kangkung. Whereas the rest of us prefer to cement our plot of soil so that we can park all our cars in our compound. People like me, my attempts in growing kangkung on the other hand didn't get me any far because mine is forever eaten by insects. Those insects that leave behind major holes on the leaves. So, I am done with trying to grow kangkung. Kangkung by the way is not really expensive. Just a dollar or two, and you get a whole bunch. Cleaning kangkung, rinsing, plucking the leaves, cutting off the roots and splitting their stems will indeed take up your time, but nothing like kangkung when quickly stir fried, over high heat with belacan/shrimp paste and dried shrimps. Make sure you do the frying in a big wok to avoid spending time in cleaning up, Kangkung Belacan indeed is an absolute winner for us Malaysians. Ohlalala!

1 bunch of kangkung (Water Spinach)-  cut off the roots, pluck the leaves, slit and cut the stems.
2 tbsp of dried shrimps (soak for 5 mins and pound coarsely)
1 medium size onion (dice thinly)
4 garlic (pound coarsely)
2 tbsp blended/grounded dried red chillies
1 tsp belacan powder ( shrimp paste)
3 tbsp oil
Sugar and salt for taste
Get a large wok (kuali) and heat oil.
All ingredients goes in except kangkung. 
Fry and stir till aromatic and oil splits.  
First, add the stems. Cook and stir for 1 min.
Next the leaves.
Quickly stir and remove from heat. 

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  1. wow navneetham... thx for the comment.
    the dish is really nive to get eattg the veggies.
    Nice info on foot care in the previoyus post....Hope u had a nice easter.

  2. Lovely... i have it regular at the food court with sticky rice

  3. Lovely recipe, can u plus let me know what is the hindi name of water spinach

  4. My favourite... at home I do it purely Bengali way...


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