sambal spinach

Food: Sambal Spinach


Question: Do you like Zi Char? Do you ALWAYS order Kang Kong like it’s a ritual? That’ makes two of us yay! Unfortunately, Sambal Balacan, the sauce used to make our Kang Kong is often high in fat. Preparing Kang Kong can also be pretty troublesome because of the preparation but fear not, for I have found us a spicy saving friend!


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Yes! Sing Long’s Sambal Belacan! Okay, sure. Nothing awesome except maybe the additional name of “Sing Long” except!

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Fwah. No guys serious, fwah look at the amount of calories per serving. NINE KCAL per serving! That said, this chili packs quite a punch I must say.

Enters the next issue: Choice of vegetables

In most cases, we’ll either use potato leaf or kang kong. However, preparation can be difficult as you remove the roots and wash the leaf. What’s more, sometimes you can’t get it in your local (super)market because it’s so popular, it goes out of stock fast. Thankfully, within the spinach family rivals one that can compete in taste with both the kang kong and potato leaf, but at the cost of lesser preparation time. *Inserts my wrestling voice* Introducing…….!!!

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Chinese Spinach! Easily available all year round in the super market, easy to wash, shorter compared to kang kong thus easier to handle and finally, one (karate) chop to clear the roots. This cuts our vegetables preparation time down by 50% easily. How’s that for saving time?

Adding onion to this dish, we now have a spicy vegetable dish that’s easy to prepare and awesome at taste. You can even pair this with a Zi Char style meat and some grains to make up a balance meal. How much more awesome can this get?

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Cooking Time:

  • 10-15 mins

Equipment used:

  • 1 Medium Wok

Ingredients used:

  • 4 stalks of chinese spinach, chopped
  • 1-2 teaspoon of Sing Long Sambal Belacan
  • 1 small onion, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon of cooking oil
    • I used avocado oil for this, but any high smoke point oil works well for this recipe.

Serving Size:

  • This recipe serves one


  • Heat the wok up and add the oil into the wok
  • Add sliced onions into the wok and stir the wok
  • Once the onion turn slightly brown, add the spinach in
  • Continue stirring the wok until the vegetables are cooked
  • Add sambal belacan, stir for another 30 seconds, and plate the dish for serving

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