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Stir Fried Water Spinach (Kangkung Belacan)





This is an easy recipe of water spinach cooked with shrimp paste. Water spinach can be easily available in tropical and subtropical regions and it is rich in vitamins and minerals such as vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium and magnesium. Pair this with steamed rice and baked tilapia


If this is your first time cooking with shrimp paste, be aware that it might stink a lot when you open the jar, or until it is fully cooked. The smell will eventually fade away with heat.

Do not heat high heat with the shrimp paste in the beginning to avoid burning.

You can easily find the shrimp paste and chili garlic sauce  in asian grocery stores.


1 tbs oil
1 bunch water spinach (chopped into 2-3 inch pieces)
1 tbs minced garlic
3/4 tbs shrimp paste
1 tbs chili garlic sauce (substitute: crushed red pepper)
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Heat up the oil on medium heat
Add the minced garlic and let it brown slightly
Add the shrimp paste and the chili garlic sauce and let it cook for about 3-5 min. Add a splash of water if the mixture starts to burn
Add the water spinach and cover the skillet with a lid. You can use medium high heat to speed up the cooking
Cook for about 10 min and stir occasionally
Remove the lid and serve warm