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Sambal Kangkong

Sambal kangkong (马来风光) is a popular zi-char dish in Singapore.  This recipe is a result of many attempts to replicate the taste of zichar-style sambal kangkong at home. After achieving this perfect taste (for my family), I have been cooking sambal veggies about twice a week! The best part of cooking kangkong (also known as water spinach or morning glory) at home is that it is so much cheaper, with a lot more veg on the plate.

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Kangkong (Water Spinach/Morning Glory)
Normally, my family is not too fond of the hollow stems of kangkong (also known as water spinach or morning glory). So I always look for the slimmer variety of kangkong with thinner stems (pictured above) which are available from time to time.

Sambal Kangkong Recipe
When cooked with the slimmer variety, all of the kangkong (stems and leaves) is soft and tender.

Instant Sambal Belacan Paste
And this is one small short-cut I used for this recipe: instant sambal belacan paste. Additional ingredients (dried shrimps & seasonings) are still required to make the taste good, but this short-cut is a huge time saver for me. If you have more time, you can use homemade sambal belacan to replace the instant sauce.

First posted on Nov 2010, updated recipe on Jul 2019.

35 comments on “Sambal Kangkong”

  1. I didn’t realize that you linked this yummy recipe to my blog until I went through my posts. Sorry for very late thank from me!

  2. Hello Wiffy, you are on vacation again?! Lucky you :-) pls share with us more food adventures… Ever since I chanced upon ur blog a nth ago, I hv been trying your recipes each wkend. Today I fried kangkong for the first time! One non spicy plate for my boys n one spicy plate for hubby n I …. I also boiled samgyetang using Ellena Guan’s recipe….
    Thanks to generous folks like you that I have more ideas on what dishes to cook fir my family over the weekends. Thanks! Michelle

  3. Hi, love this Sambal recipe!! I just made it with sweet potato leaves and my husband and son loved it. I am so eager to try your other recipes as well. Thank you so much :)

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