Regarding the title, you might wonder what ‘morning glory’ is (or you might think something ambiguous ;)) – it’s really yummy greens mostly used in Thai dishes and also known as water spinach or convulvus. I’ve found some old seeds I bought four (!) years ago in Thailand and decided to give them a try on my balcony in this year’s hot Berlin summer, and it worked! I’m a bit proud – especially as it’s old seeds of a ‘foreign’ plant, and it also needed two months to grow instead of three weeks, but I’m happy I can harvest it now before autumn arrives. It tastes crisp and fresh and you can use it raw as a salad, blanched as a side dish or fried in stir-fries.
As I love Asian flavours (and therefore mix all Asian ingredients together and then call it ‘fusion cuisine’ – sorry about that, gourmets), I had to make some fried rice with it. Even though you can buy it at some Asian supermarkets, you can just use normal spinach or leave it out, of course. I’ve also decided to go down the ‘substitute road’ and use fake meat (Beyond Meat Chicken Strips that I brought over from the US) and egg replacer (MyEy ‘Vollei’) in this dish – just because I really fancied that last night ;) If you wanna stay more whole foods, I’ve added some options to the ingredients.
And one more thing: As my last recipe posts is over half a year ago, I decided to keep it simple from now on and just add ‘process pictures’ whenever I have the time or the recipe calls for it. Otherwise, I’ll stick with photos of the final dish and try to post more recipes instead again :)
- 2 cups whole-grain rice
- 1 cup fake ‘chicken’ meat (I used Beyond Meat Chicken Strips) – alternatives: fake ‘duck’ from the Asian supermarket, your favourite tofu or seitan, or just more veggies
- 1 handful of ‘morning glory’ (water spinach) – alternative: spinach, cabbage or any other greens
- 1 onion
- 1-2 spring onions
- 1 carrot
- half a bell pepper
- 1 tsp miso paste
- 2 tsp red curry paste
- optional: egg replacement powder for about 2 eggs – alternative: 2 tbsp all-natural peanut or almond butter
- soy sauce to taste
- fresh lemon juice, chili flakes, sesame seeds roasted onions & peanuts for seasoning
Start with boiling your rice according to package instructions. While it simmers, cut the onion, carrot and fake meat into cubes and start frying them on medium-high heat in a (preferably cast-iron) pan. Next, cut the bell pepper and spring onions into cubes and add them to the pan.
After about 3-5 minutes according to your stove and pan, scoop the miso and curry paste into the pan, drizzle some soy sauce over everything and stir. Now cut the morning glory into stripes and prepare the egg replacement (usually by mixing the powder with water, see packaging). Add spinach, ‘beaten eggs’ and your rice and mix everything till it’s well combined. Wait a couple of minutes till the ‘egg’ binds things, stir again, then switch off the heat.
Season with fresh lemon juice, chili flakes and soy sauce, and serve with roasted onions, sesame and peanuts. Yum!
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