Mistaken for a flower, this dark green vegetable side dish on our menu is a relative of the spinach family. Morning glory is rich in nutrients, it grows in abundance by rivers in most Asian countries like China, Indonesia, Vietnam and many more. Its most unique quality is its tubular structure, is crunchy to eat and retains its colour and texture even when cooked.

As a child, I recall waking up to the smell of this green vegetable as it would fill the river beds with its luscious growth. It would be cut fresh to be cooked during the day and served at meal times. The taste of Morning Glory is delicate with a hint of green bitterness. It however is to be prepared in a special way to enhance the flavour and bring out its freshness. Care needs to be taken not to over-power with too strong flavours.

At Naturally Chinese, we don’t cook it in a soy sauce but in a handmade garlic and shrimp sauce. A spell of red chilli makes a perfect embellishment to the dish. Hope you enjoy it!