Traditional Indonesian prepartion for water spinach.
Water Spinach with a Hot & Sour Dressing
- 4 cups trimmed and cleaned water spinach
- 2-6 dried small red chilies
- 1 heaped teaspoon shrimp paste, crumbled
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons peanut oil
- Juice of 1 lime
Soak dried chilies first in hot water for 10 minutes until they become soft. Put the chilies, shrimp paste, and garlic in a mortar and crush them with a pestle until smooth. Heat the oil in a wok and stir-fry the paste from the mortar for 2 minutes. Add the water spinach, and continue stir-frying fro 5-8 minutes until the spinach is tender. Add the lime juice and adjust the seasoning. Serve straight away as an accompaniment to a main dish.
Indonesian Regional Cooking, Sri Owen, 1995