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Sambal Kangkong

Sambal Kangkong Recipe

Sambal chilli ingredients (A)

Sambal Kangkong Recipe

Serves: 2

Prep Time: 15 mins

Cook Time: 10 mins


  • 200g kangkong (kangkung) aka water spinach, water morning glory
  • 1 tbsp cooking oil
  • a few slices of cut finger-length chilli
  • 1-2 tbsp water
  • a small pinch of sugar
  • salt to taste; if needed

Sambal chilli (A)
Pulse using an electric grinder or pound using a traditional mortar and pestle

  • 1 finger-length chilli deseeded and sliced
  • 1/2 tbsp dried shrimps 虾米 (hae bee/heibi) soaked to soften
  • 5 chilli padi no need to deseed, for the heat; adjust accordingly
  • a small pinch of salt
  • a small piece (5g) of toasted belacan (dried shrimp paste)
  • 2 shallots peeled
  • 3 garlic cloves peeled


  1. Separate the kangkong leaves from the stems. Wash and dry by using a salad spinner or air dry.
  2. Heat oil in wok, add prepared sambal chilli (A) and stir fry briefly until fragrant.
  3. Add kangkong stems and stir fry for a minute on high heat until just softened.
  4. Add remaining kangkong leaves and cut chilli slices. Stir fry on high heat briskly until the leaves have just withered, adding about 1-2 tbsp water to keep the vegetables moist. Season with a small pinch of sugar and salt.

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34 Responses to “Sambal Kangkong”

  1. Pepy@Indonesia Eats — August 23, 2011 @ 2:43 pm

    I didn’t realize that you linked this yummy recipe to my blog until I went through my posts. Sorry for very late thank from me!


    • wiffy replied: — August 24th, 2011 @ 2:42 pm

      np and thank you Pepy!


  2. Michelle — September 17, 2011 @ 3:03 pm

    Hello Wiffy, you are on vacation again?! Lucky you :-) pls share with us more food adventures… Ever since I chanced upon ur blog a nth ago, I hv been trying your recipes each wkend. Today I fried kangkong for the first time! One non spicy plate for my boys n one spicy plate for hubby n I …. I also boiled samgyetang using Ellena Guan’s recipe….
    Thanks to generous folks like you that I have more ideas on what dishes to cook fir my family over the weekends. Thanks! Michelle


  3. Catherine — December 1, 2011 @ 8:43 pm

    Hi, love this Sambal recipe!! I just made it with sweet potato leaves and my husband and son loved it. I am so eager to try your other recipes as well. Thank you so much :)


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