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Stir-fried Chinese Spinach

Stir-fried Chinese Spinach Recipe

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Having a plate of vegetables on the dinner table makes a home-cooked meal taste both wholesome and healthy. This is one of the vegetable dishes I cooked frequently because my family really love Chinese spinach.

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For this dish, I use either sharp or round spinach (determined by the shape of the leaves) because their stems are delightfully soft and tender after cooking. I love this so much that I can have a plate of vegetables all to myself.

Stir-fried Chinese Spinach Recipe

I often added crispy ikan bilis (dried anchovies) as they add an extra savoury kick to this dish. You may skip the ikan bilis if you wish, but you may need to use a bit more soy sauce since the salty ikan bilis naturally seasons the dish.

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24 Responses to “Stir-fried Chinese Spinach”

  1. Tuty — July 16, 2011 @ 4:01 pm

    I love dishes like this and kangkung is my one of my favorite veggies. A bit of kick from red pepper flakes or sliced chili padi will make me really happy :)


  2. Little Corner of Mine — July 17, 2011 @ 6:14 am

    Lovely, I love this kind of homey dish.


  3. Chris — July 18, 2011 @ 12:43 pm

    I tried this last night – very nice. 很香很好吃. I havent post mine yet.


    • wiffy replied: — July 18th, 2011 @ 7:02 pm

      wah can’t wait to see your photo :)


  4. HoppingHammy — July 19, 2011 @ 7:26 pm

    GORGEOUS! Love the detail on your chopsticks too. :)


  5. Yummy Bakes — July 28, 2011 @ 9:05 am
  6. Kelise — August 4, 2011 @ 10:50 am

    I like home-cooked meals. Thanks for sharing this recipe. I cooked spinach with ikan bilis tonight. :) The ikan bills was a refreshing idea as I would always just stir fried spinach with garlic. My ikan bills were a little too salty, probably because I was a little too generous with them. :)


  7. Shariffa — May 29, 2012 @ 2:16 pm


    I kinda a fan of Chinese and simple cooking for every day meals. I’ve been trying some of your recipes and my family absolutely loves them. I saw this recipe and I immediately thought I want to try this, up till I saw the part on Chinese wine. I don’t consume alcohol( be it drinking or cooking) due to religious reason.

    My question is, is it ok to not use Chinese wine in this (and some) of the recipes? Will it change the taste drastically? I appreciate your reply so much. :)

    P.S. Love these recipes so much! :)


    • wiffy replied: — May 29th, 2012 @ 4:04 pm

      Hi Shariffa, thanks for your kind words. Glad you like Chinese food, currently I am learning how to make mee soto! hope I succeed. It is perfectly fine to omit the Chinese wine in the recipes. the wine plays a supporting, subtle role to enhance the flavour, but it will not destroy the taste at all. There are many ways to flavour Chinese stir-fries, such as ikan bilis powder, shallot oil, salt, garlic etc…


      • Shariffa replied: — May 29th, 2012 @ 4:40 pm

        Thanks so much for the prompt reply Wiffy! At least there’s still hope for me to cook some of the simply amazing dish. :) I do have a recipe to my MIL’s Mee Soto and her super spicy sambal. I have yet to try cooking it though (quite tedious if you have 2 kids under 3!), I can guarantee that it’s really good coz I’ve eaten her soto countless times. I can share with the recipe. Or maybe you have a simpler yet delicious soto recipes, please do share! :)

        P.S Soto goes well with potato cutlet! :)

        • wiffy replied: — May 29th, 2012 @ 11:01 pm

          Yes, yes, I want your MIL’s recipe if it’s not too much trouble – I always believe home recipes is the best. can you email me via the contact page? But no hurry, I can wait, so take your time. I love mee soto and always crave for it :)


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