How to Make Water Spinach With Shrimp Paste: A Chinese-Inspired Side Dish

Updated on August 1, 2019
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How to Make Water Spinach with Shrimp Paste: A Chinese-Inspired Dish
How to Make Water Spinach with Shrimp Paste: A Chinese-Inspired Dish | Source

Water spinach is a common green vegetable in China or other subtropical regions. This aquatic plant has tender leaves and shoots, which makes it easy to cook. I prefer to top mine with homemade crispy fried garlic bits. You can enjoy this simple Chinese dish without spending too much.

Ingredients for the Recipe
Ingredients for the Recipe | Source


  • 100 grams kangkong
  • 2 tablespoons garlic, fried
  • 1 tablespoon shrimp paste
  • water, (for blanching)
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Utensils for Preparing the IngredientsUtensils for Cooking the Water Spinach
Utensils for Preparing the Ingredients
Utensils for Preparing the Ingredients | Source
Utensils for Cooking the Water Spinach
Utensils for Cooking the Water Spinach | Source


For Preparing the Ingredients:

  • 1 Medium Bowl
  • 2 Small Bowls
  • Measuring Spoons

For Cooking the Dish:

  • Pot
  • Slotted Spoon
  • Bowl
  • Strainer

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 5 min
Ready in: 10 min
Yields: 2


  1. Bring water to boil.
  2. Prepare a cold water bath in a bowl. Set aside.
  3. Cook water spinach until tender.
  4. Drain it and soak in the prepared blanching water.
  5. Sprinkle toasted garlic on top.
  6. Serve with shrimp paste on the side.

Finished Product

Water Spinach with Shrimp Paste
Water Spinach with Shrimp Paste | Source

Tips and Techniques

  1. Prepare a bowl of ice cubes with water when blanching any vegetables.
  2. Ice bath method helps stop the cooking process to avoid overcooking of foods.
  3. Season the boiling water with salt if preferred to make the water spinach tasty on its own.
  4. Choose any type of shrimp paste available - ordinary, sweet or spicy.

Questions & Answers

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      • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

        Travel Chef 

        17 months ago from California

        Hi Eric,

        Yes! It became my favorite because of Popeye, really!

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        Eric Dierker 

        17 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

        Interesting. My wife has very similar recipes. Again though my boy and I like it raw. Go Popeye!

      • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

        Travel Chef 

        17 months ago from California

        Hello Liz,

        Thank you! I hope my recipes encourage you to be more adventurous when eating foods.

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        Liz Westwood 

        17 months ago from UK

        I am enjoying learning about your recipes.

      • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

        Travel Chef 

        17 months ago from California

        Hi Pamela,

        You should try it! It tasted so good. You will definitely like it!

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        Pamela Oglesby 

        17 months ago from Sunny Florida

        I have never eaten anything quite like this, but it sounds good. I like the taste of shrimp, and I love spinach, so I think I would like it. Thanks for sharing.

      • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

        Travel Chef 

        17 months ago from California

        Hi Mary,

        I love eating spinach as it perfectly matches any kind of dishes. I had this one in Hongkong. Actually, I don't only consider it as a side dish, but can be part of my full meal. It goes well too with fish sauce, but I prefer shrimp paste as it has more texture. Thanks for dropping by!

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        Mary Norton 

        17 months ago from Ontario, Canada

        This is one of our favourites when we stayed in Cambodia. Instead of shrimp paste, we sometimes use fish sauce as it is more readily available in North America.


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