Home » Indonesian Cooking » Stir fried Water Spinach with Shrimp Paste (Kangkung Cah Terasi) Recipe

Stir fried Water Spinach with Shrimp Paste (Kangkung Cah Terasi) Recipe

Stir fried Water Spinach with Shrimp Paste (Kangkung Cah Terasi) Recipe

Stir fried Water Spinach with Shrimp Paste (Kangkung Cah Terasi) Recipe

Kangkung is known as water spinach in the western hemisphere. It’s not to be confused with watercress or potato leaves, although the latter appear deceptively similar. Water spinach is rich in anti-oxidant nutrients and essential fibers. This is one vegetable dish that even kids in Indonesia love to eat because of the sweet soy sauce and spicy chili. Be aware that stir-frying the shrimp paste may cause some people who are unaccustomed to Southeast Asian cuisine to run for their lives due to the unmistakably potent aroma.

Ingredients :

    • 1 lb (500 g) water spinach (kangkung) or regular spinach
    • 11/2 tablespoons oil
    • 6-10 cloves garlic, finely minced
    • 1 large shallot, finely minced
    • 2-3 bird’s-eye chili peppers, minced
    • 1/2 tablespoon dried shrimp paste (Indonesian terasi or Thai shrimp paste)
    • 3 tablespoons sweet soy sauce
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 cup (125 ml) water

Method :

    1. Rinse the water spinach and drain thoroughly. Trim off any tough stems or wilted leaves. Cut the stems into 3-inch (8-cm) long pieces all the way to the leaves. Separate the stems from the leaves and set aside.
    2. Heat a large wok over high heat. Add the oil and sauté the garlic, shallot, chili peppers, and shrimp paste for 1 to 2 minutes.
    3. Place the water spinach stems into the wok first, stir-frying for a couple of minutes to soften the stems. Then add the rest of the water spinach and quickly stir-fry. Add the salt, sweet soy sauce, and water to the water spinach. Toss together thoroughly until all the sauces and spices are mixed well with the spinach. As soon as the leaves are wilted, the dish is ready. Serve immediately.

SERVES 4
PREPARATION TIME : 10-15 MINUTES
COOKING TIME : 6-8 MINUTES