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Stir-fried Water Spinach (Side)


A favourite served at Din Tai Fung gets a healthy make-over. Water spinach, commonly known as kangkong, is rich in fibre, magnesium, vitamins A and C and is very low in calories. Word of caution: do not eat it raw as it may carry parasitic cysts from the waterways that are its natural habitat.













Low Fat, Low in Saturated Fat, Low Cholesterol, Cholesterol-Free, Trans-fat Free, Low Carb, Sugar-Free, Sodium-Free, Low Sodium


1 bunch water spinach (kang kong)
fresh, washed
1 tablespoon coconut oil
or peanut oil
3 cloves garlic
to 5 cloves, minced finely
½ cup water
½ teaspoon sesame oil
½ teaspoon chili pepper flakes
red chili flakes (optional)
Sea salt and pepper to taste


Heat the oil in a wok over high heat. Add the garlic and cook for about 40 seconds, until fragrant.

Add the water spinach. Watch as the large bunch wilts and shrinks.

Pour in the water and cover with a lid for 1 minute for stalks to steam through.

Add the sesame oil, chili flakes, if using, salt and pepper. Toss with chopsticks.

Transfer to a plate and serve hot with your other mains and sides.

Note: You can replace the water spinach with dou miao for another Singapore classic.

Traditionally, peanut oil is used instead of coconut oil.

However, peanut oil contains predominantly omega-6 fatty acids, which we tend to get too much of, distorting the important omega-3 / omega-6 ratio required for health. In addition, it is one of the most pesticide sprayed crops.

As such, it should be used only occasionally for stir-frying.

Note: S (water spinach)


* not incl. in nutrient facts

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 37g (1.3 oz)
Amount per Serving
Calories 1536% of calories from fat
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 2mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Sugars g
Protein 1g
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 4%
Calcium 1% Iron 1%
* based on a 2,000 calorie diet How is this calculated?


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