Water spinach wok-tossed with tofu recipe
- Cuisine: Vietnamese
- Prep Time: 10 min(s)
- Cook Time: 5 min(s)
- Serves 4 as part of a shared meal
Level of difficulty: easy
In Vietnamese, the word spinach is ‘Muong’, which translates to ‘wish’. The Vietnamese word for tofu is ‘Dau’, which translates to ‘achieve’. So this is a dish that is always served during Lunar New Year as it signifies achieving your wishes.
Ingredients450g water spinach
2 tbsp vegetable oil
4 garlic cloves, diced
2cm-piece ginger, julienned
200g fried tofu (see note)
Pinch of salt
Pinch of sugar
1 long red chilli, finely sliced (optional)
PreparationWash spinach well. Tear spinach into 4cm lengths, discarding any tough thick stems towards base.
Add vegetable oil to a hot wok over a high heat and cook garlic and ginger until slightly browned. Add spinach and toss for 1 minute. Add tofu, salt and sugar and toss for another 1 minute.
Transfer to a serving plate, garnish with chilli (if using), and serve.
Fried tofu can be purchased from Asian grocers.
SBS cook’s notes
This recipe has been reproduced with minor SBS recipe style changes. | Oven temperatures are for conventional; if using fan-forced (convection), reduce the temperature by 20˚C. | We use Australian tablespoons and cups: 1 teaspoon equals 5ml; 1 tablespoon equals 20ml; 1 cup equals 250ml. | All herbs are fresh (unless specified) and cups are lightly packed. | All vegetables are medium size and peeled, unless specified. | All eggs are 55–60g, unless specified.
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