Water Spinach with Prawns and Quail Eggs

Water spinach was my childhood favourite vegetable, especially when it's stir fried with prawns. When I was young my parents liked to bring me to Bogor (a city about an hour away from Jakarta, Indonesia) every weekend. There we often visited a Chinese restaurant that served stir-fried water spinach with beef strips and quail eggs. I was absolutely in love with this dish and it's been ages ago since I ate it. I thought about recreating this dish when I saw a bunch of water spinach in my local Asian grocery store. And here it is...

  • 400 g water spinach
  • 100 g prawns/ beef strips
  • 14 - 16 boiled quail eggs
  • 5 button mushrooms, sliced (optional)
  • 1 tbs oil
  • 1 tbs minced garlic
  • 2 tbs fish sauce
  • 2 tbs cooking wine
  • 1 - 2 tbs chili bean paste
  • 1 tbs sambal oelek
  • 1 tbs oyster sauce
What to do

Heat the oil in wok. Add in the minced garlic, stir and followed by prawns, cooking wine and fish sauce. When the prawns change colour, add the water spinach, chili bean paste, sambal oelek and oyster sauce.

Serve your water spinach with hot piping rice!

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  1. Where did you get water spinach and quail eggs? Asia stores?

  2. @Angie - I got the water spinach from the local Asian grocery store and you can get quail eggs from normal German supermarkets - I got mine from Kaufhof.

  3. love water spinach and this looks like a great version!

  4. Is water spinach kangkung? Looks delicious!

  5. @Anncoo - Yes, water spinach is kangkung:).

  6. Enak ini! Makes me want to go home to Jakarta now...

  7. ohh ini kae cah kangkung asep nih .. ha22
    kalo di Bdg yg terkenal di rest Rose ..tumisnya diwajan yg panas kae wajan martabak .. he22 mantapp deh

  8. Gosh, I just posted something on spinach and with you post, I suddenly remembered kang kong is also called water spinach!

  9. Wow! Your dishes look so colorful and yummy!