A few weeks ago at the Vic Market I happened upon a stall selling a green vegetable that I couldn't name but looked oddly familiar. After a few moments examining it, I realised with a jolt that it was in fact kangkung, a variety of water spinach I'd become obsessed with on my trip to Bali last year. I snapped up a bunch of it (only $1.60!!) and took it home to try and recreate kangkung plecing (with sambal). It was a great success, and left me jonesing for more.
Alas my search for it yesterday at Prahran Market was unsuccessful, despite the best efforts of the woman at the Asian grocer and the nice young bearded chap at the gourmet mushroom place. But such was my craving for it that this morning - after brunch with my parents back at Auction Rooms (FYI, today I got around to tasting the Auction Rooms home-made baked beans with thyme - they're awesome) - I begged them to prop the car outside the Vic Market so that I could dash in and buy a few bunches. Hoorah!
Now I just improvised my recipe using minimal ingredients, but AOF from Confessions of a Food Nazi wrote up a proper recipe for kangkung plecing which I'm looking forward to trying next time.
I heated up oil in the wok and threw in some garlic, sambal oelek, palm sugar and lime juice. After half a minute or so I threw in the stalks of the kangkung, then twenty seconds later the leaves, tossed them through for twenty seconds, then served it. Easy peasy.
Tonight I served the kangkung plecing with Nigella's Mirin-glazed Salmon (from Nigella Express) - also very tasty and quick to prepare, as Sarah recently attested. Kangkung is my new favourite vegetable and I don't care who knows it - plus its introduction into our house has given my housemate DJ a new favourite c-word variant... :)