Saturday, April 19, 2014

Cooking Lab - Water Spinach in Shrimp Paste Sauce (蝦醬空心菜)

**餐廳佳餚在家吃 - 蝦醬空心菜**

Water Spinach can be found in oriental supermarkets, however, this recipe will work splendidly well with brussels sprouts, cabbage or long beans. 

The shrimp paste is quite salty in substance, so use it sparingly .


(c) GMV - Got My Vote!(o^^o)

A moreish fragrant stir fry in the cool nights. It is widely popular in Malaysia (also known as belacan). All we need is some handmade roti and we can have a good hearty Malaysian feast!



Ingredients (材料):

- 1 bunch of water spinach (空心菜一把)
- 50g cooked minced pork 
- 2 garlic cloves (蒜頭)
- 100g enoki mushroom 
- 3 mini vine capsicums (小甜椒2-3個)
- 10ml cooking wine (米酒1小匙)
- 2 tablespoon of cooking oil 
- 1 tablespoon of shrimp paste (蝦醬1大匙)
- 100ml stock or water (高湯或水)


1. Wash the water spinach throughly and cut into equal lengths.

2. Heat 1 tablespoon of cooking oil in a large fry pan on high heat.

3. Pan fry the enoki mushrooms and capsicums.

4. Season with salt.

5. Remove from heat and set aside.

6. In the same fry pan, add in the rest of the cooking oil.

7. Add in garlic cloves and cook until they are fragrant.

8. Stir in the shrimp paste.

9. Quickly toss in the water spinach to the pan.

10. Add in the pork mince and stir well to combine.

11. A quick stir fry is all the water spinach needs.

12. Ensure the water spinach and mince are evenly coated with shrimp paste.

13. Drizzle in some cooking wine in the final minute.

14. Transfer the wilted water spinach to a large serving plate.

15. Garnish with sautéed capsicum slices.

16. Place pan-fried enoki mushroom on top.

17. Serve immediately with freshly steamed rice.

A. 在鍋中放入兩小匙的油,加入蒜和絞肉一起爆香。
B. 香味出來後,轉中小火,放入蝦醬拌炒。啊!香味四溢了!😄
C. 加入空心菜,稍微拌炒後,就是可以起鍋。

The shrimp paste smell may be strong and linger for a while. But this is an extremely tasty Malaysian dish and it is too perfect for the cooler weather.