Stir-Fried Morning Glory

I’ve eaten kangkung or morning glory often when travelling in Southeast Asia. Our local Asian food store (Aseanic Trading on Kolmas linja) has this in stock every now and then, but this is the first time we’ve tried it.

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  • 200g morning glory (also known as kangkung or water spinach)
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1-2 tablespoons canola oil for frying
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce

The way we prepared it was really simple. First, Anni washed the kangkung stalks carefully, and shook them dry. While the oil was heating up in the wok, I crushed the garlic and cut it into tiny pieces, and then I cut the kangkung in three parts, chopping off about 1 cm from the stem ends of the stalks:

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I waited until the oil was really hot, and threw in the garlic, stirring continuously so that it would not burn. After maybe 10 seconds, I threw in the kangkung, and fried it while stirring continuously. Anni caught the hectic stir-frying atmosphere nicely with this photo:

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After frying the kangkung for maybe two minutes, I poured the soy sauce in the wok, and stirred the kangkung a bit more so that the sauce would spread evenly. We were ready to eat! We ate the kangkung with some fried marinated tofu, and it was great.

I think that kangkung’s taste and texture are very good for stir-frying, and wish I had tried it earlier! We’re gonna eat it a lot more often from now on, that’s for sure.

9 Comments

  1. Mamatha
    Posted November 18, 2007 at 16:27 | Permalink

    Hi Anni and Heikki,
    I came here via Mahanandi. What a lovely collection of recipes you have! I have a question – in your ingredient list, you us “dl” as a measurement, does it stand for a cup?

  2. Heikki
    Posted November 18, 2007 at 19:01 | Permalink

    Hi!

    Glad you like our recipes!

    “Dl” stands for “deciliter”, which is about 0,4 cups. Or 1 cup is 2,5 deciliters. We have included a unit converter in the sidebar of our blog, which you can use to convert the units in metric system to your preferred units.

  3. SS
    Posted November 19, 2007 at 11:25 | Permalink

    Hi: I also heard about your website from the Mahanandi site. You have lovely pictures and interesting recipes – they look easy to try. How interesting that you are living a vegan lifestyle in cold Northern Europe. Do you have a backstory link on your site (how did you come to this choice, do you get peppered with silly questions, etc.)? Food question: is the ‘morning glory’ the same plant that grows wild all over (purple, trumpet shaped, flowers)? Can we just harvest it from the hedge and try this?

  4. Heikki
    Posted November 19, 2007 at 14:48 | Permalink

    Hi!

    Thanks for your comment and nice words.

    Actually, we’ve been planning to write a post about our history as vegans, so you can expect more biographical information soon. =)

    Unfortunately I don’t know a lot about the different varieties of morning glory. According to the Wikipedia article, there are over 1000 species of flowering plant under the name of morning glory, so I suggest you ask a local plant expert for help!

  5. Posted November 17, 2009 at 16:41 | Permalink

    What a weird coincidence that I find your page for fried morning glory.

    We were eating in New Bamboo yesterday and asking about where they recommend for asian ingredients and they mentioned Aseanic but not the street address. Now we have all the info we need and more.

    Thanks for your blog

  6. Heikki
    Posted November 18, 2009 at 17:31 | Permalink

    Dave, I agree that Aseanic trading and Vii Voan just around the corner are the best shops for Asian ingredients. For Middle-eastern stuff, I recommend Al Marwan on Fleminginkatu.

  7. Posted February 3, 2011 at 11:07 | Permalink

    Hi There,
    I also make this but I add a splash of oyster sauce then at the end a couple of sliced red chillies. It is so delicious. Just thought you might like to try it out. I am Australian but live in Germany and I love Finland! I am so happy to have found your site because I want to experiment with Finish food.

  8. Heikki
    Posted February 4, 2011 at 10:38 | Permalink

    Hi Moira,

    thanks for the tip! I think the local Asian grocery store has a vegan oyster sauce available, we’ll have to try that one.

    If you’re interested in Finnish food I heartily recommend Malitsu’s blog, there’s a lot more Finnish recipes than on our site. We do have a few as well.

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