Wok stir-fry water spinach is one of my favourite dishes. It’s so simple, yet it’s tasty. And is cheap too!






Skill level

Average: 4.8 (6 votes)

The Vietnamese water spinach grows easily everywhere in Vietnam. And if you can’t afford to buy anything to cook, you can turn to the water spinach.


  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 bunch water spinach, washed, trimmed and cut into 5–10 cm lengths
  • 2 cubes fermented bean curd
  • 2 tsp Maggi seasoning sauce
  • steamed white long grain rice, to serve

Cook's notes

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 5 ml; 1 tablespoon equals 20 ml; 1 cup equals 250 ml. | All herbs are fresh (unless specified) and cups are lightly packed. | All vegetables are medium size and peeled, unless specified. | All eggs are 55-60 g, unless specified.


  1. Heat the oil in a wok over high heat. Add the garlic and stir-fry for 30 seconds or until aromatic.
  2. Add the water spinach and stir to coat, then add the fermented bean curd and seasoning sauce. Stir–fry for 1 minute or just until the water spinach has wilted and is tender.
  3. Serve immediately with steamed rice on the side.


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