In Vietnamese, the word for spinach is muong, which translates to "wish", and the word for tofu is dau, which translates to "achieve". So this is a recipe that is always made during Lunar New Year as it signifies achieving your wishes. Serve it as part of a shared meal.

Serves
4

Preparation

10min

Cooking

5min

Skill level

Easy
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Ingredients

  • 450 g water spinach
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, diced
  • 2 cm piece ginger, julienned
  • 200 g fried tofu (see note)
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of sugar
  • 1 long red chilli, finely sliced (optional)

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.

Instructions

Wash 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.

Note
Fried tofu can be purchased from Asian grocers.