Chinese spinach is also known as amaranth leaves. In Cantonese is it called yeen choy and in Chinese, it is 苋菜 (xian cai). Many people mistake Chinese spinach for water spinach. They are not the same. Yours truly has long slender stems with oval-shaped leaves, while water spinach has hollow stems. It is also called amaranth leaves.
Put the 600ml chicken stock into a medium pot together with the salt, goji berries and red dates and bring to a boil
Remove the roots and tough stems from the Chinese spinach
Add the Chinese spinach into the soup stock and cook until the spinach is soft and has shrunk
Remove the shell of the century egg and cut into pieces
Add the century egg and mix well
Thicken the soup with the potato flour mixture
The video tutorial below shows Cooking Ah Pa explaining how the century egg adds flavour to the soup.
Idea 2: Stir-fry with garlic
Another popular and quick way to serve it is to fry it with garlic. There are many variations to this quick fry dish. Ingredients with strong flavour such as fermented bean curd, salted egg, and belachan, a fermented shrimp paste.
.I found 2 recipes for Sambal belachan Chinese spinach:
I was taught to clean and prepare it with just my hands.
Start at the root end. When you pinch the root off, peel off the thin fibrous layer covering the entire stem. Continue to pinch the stem off every 2 inches. Continue to peel off any fibrous layer left. When you come to the leaves, pinch them off in small cluster of 3 to 4 leaves together.
Wash thoroughly to remove sand and grit. Dry by leaving them in a colander over the sink for several minutes or spin them in a salad spinner.
The fastest way is of course to use the knife. I always find doing that wasteful. Chinese spinach stems are delicious and the more the merry.
Do you have a vegetable garden?
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