I am a chef on a luxury world cruise liner. I love to cook and write recipes that are inspired by foods from all over the world.
Water spinach has always been one of my favorite leafy greens. I still remember how my father used to plant vegetables in our garden. He liked to plant water spinach because it grew easily without much maintenance. His love for gardening came from his childhood. My grandfather had a farm, and my father and his brother used to help. Later, when my father got his assignment as an auditor in Minnesota, he continued planting vegetables in his small garden as a hobby.
These memories inspired me to create a recipe with water spinach. I've added a meaty and spicy twist using sausage and chili garlic oil.
When I cook with sausage, I like to decase it—or remove the meat from its casing. I prefer decasing the sausage, rather than slicing it.
This recipe also calls for crispy fried garlic bits and chili garlic oil. You can find both items in the store, or you can find my recipes for homemade versions at the end of this article.
You can enjoy this dish as an appetizer or as the main vegetable dish.
- 100 grams water spinach, chopped
- 1 piece pork sausage, decased
- 2 tablespoons chili garlic oil
- 2 tablespoons fried garlic bits
- salt, to taste
- pepper, to taste
- cooking oil
For Preparing the Ingredients:
- 1 plate
- 3 small bowls
- measuring spoons
- chopping board (optional)
- knife (optional)
For Cooking the Sausage and Water Spinach in Chili Garlic Oil:
- cooking spoon
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Ginisang Longanisa at Kangkong sa Chili Garlic Oil Step-by-Step Procedure
- Saute sausage meat until brown with cooking oil.
- Toss in water spinach stalks, followed by the leaves.
- Add chili garlic oil. Continue tossing.
- Sprinkle half of the garlic bits. Turn off the heat immediately.
- Garnish the dish with the remaining garlic bits.
Tips and Technques
- If you can't find fried garlic bits at the store, you can make your own crispy fried garlic bits. Or you can saute fresh garlic before adding the water spinach to the pan.
- Replace fresh water spinach with frozen if fresh is not available.
- Use any kind of sausage you prefer.
- For an added homemade touch, you can make your own chili garlic oil.
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