Kangkung Belacan

Kangkung Belacan

        INGREDIENTS :

  • 1lb Kangkung [also called Water Spinach or Water Convolvulus], washed well in water, drained and cut into 2-3 inch lengths
  • 3 tbsp peanut or vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • salt
  • 2 tbsp dried shrimp
  • 3 tbsp or to taste, chili paste
  • 6 shallots, peeled
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 2 tsp belacan, also spelt belachan or blacan [dried shrimp paste]

      [Items  in red to be ground or blended]

Cook's NoteKangkung [also spelt Kangkong] is Water Convolvulus, or more commonly called Water Spinach or Hollow Spinach. In China, it is known as Ong Choy, India as Kalmua, and Thailand as Pak Boong.

Don't Forget The Belacan!!

Don't Forget The Belacan!!

 

 
 
   
 
 
 

        To Prepare :

  • Soak dried prawns in hot boiling water till softened, drain, reserve some of the liquid
  • Using a mortar & pestle or blender, grind the softened dried prawns, shallots, garlic, belacan, chili paste into a chunky paste
  • Heat wok on high, add 2 tbsp peanut or vegetable oil, stir-fry the paste for 1-2 mins, reduce heat cook until quite toasted and turns a shade darker - careful not to burn!
  • Add the kangkung, sugar, and salt if necessary [*Note: belacan is salty]
  • Stir-fry on high heat, about 2-3 mins
  • Dish onto a serving dish while it is still quite crisp and serve hot immediately

 Variation : Other suitable vegetables for this 'Belacan' recipe: Asparagus, Okra [Ladies fingers], Spinach, Long beans [also called Snake beans or Yard-long beans], Green beans, Eggplant, [Sabah] Wild Jungle Ferns and Broccolini. What is Broccolini? Broccolini, or it's highbrow name "Asparation," is a cross between Broccoli and Chinese Kale [Kai Lan or Gai Lan]. It is also marketed as "Baby Broccoli" - a hybrid vegetable that is tender, sweet, slightly peppery and completely edible, from slim stems to broccoli-like head of flowering buds.

 

 
 

 

 
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