Photo: Iain Bagwell
Active Time
5 Mins
Total Time
15 Mins
Yield
Serves 4 (serving size: about 1/2 cup)

This quick cooking side dish is ready in 15 minutes but only five of those minutes are hands-on in the kitchen, making it a perfect addition to any weeknight menu. Look for water spinach (called rau muong or ong choy) in Asian markets. Regular spinach is a fine substitute, though it won't have the same silkiness. You can top it with your favorite protein for a one-dish dinner. Try adding tofu, chicken, shrimp, or even seared tuna to your bowl for a hearty dinner that won't leave you feeling stuffed. Add this recipe to your rotation to expand your palate and bring some flavor to the table.

How to Make It

Step 1

Cut spinach into 3- to 4-inch pieces. Rinse and drain well. Bring a large Dutch oven filled with water to a boil over high heat. Add spinach; cook 30 seconds or until wilted. Drain; rinse with cold water. Drain well.

Step 2

Combine 1 teaspoon oil, oyster sauce, fish sauce, and sugar in a small bowl; stir with a whisk. Stir in 1 tea­spoon garlic. Combine 2 teaspoons water and cornstarch, stirring with a whisk.

Step 3

Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet or wok over medium-high until hot but not smoking. Add remaining 2 teaspoons garlic; cook 15 seconds or until fragrant, stirring constantly. Pour off excess water from spinach; add spinach to pan. Cook 3 minutes or until thoroughly heated, stirring constantly. Stir in oyster sauce mixture. When spinach begins to release juices, add cornstarch mixture. Cook, stirring constantly, 1 minute or until sauce thickens and spinach takes on a silky finish.

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