Stir Fried Water Spinach

A traditional preparation for this tasty Asian green.


  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
  • 1 large clove garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1 pound water spinach, stems trimmed, washed, drained, and halved crosswise
  • Freshly ground, black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon preserved bean curd or fish sauce


Heat the oil in a wok over high heat and stir-fry the garlic until fragrant and lightly golden, about 1 minute. Add the water spinach, season with pepper, and stir-fry until wilted, about 3 minutes. Add the bean curd, stir-fry until it is evenly distributed, then cover and cook until done, 2 to 3 minutes more.


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