Stir fry baby spinach with crispy whitebait (银鱼)

stir fry baby spinachMmmm…. tender bites of baby spinach with crispy whitebait!

The highlight of the dish… at least to my girl 🙂

Baby spinach is one of the favourite vegetables in my home so I do stir-fries with it as well as cook it in soup (see Spinach soup recipe).

It’s incredibly nutritious but it’s also quite tedious to make sure it’s really clean so I spend quite a bit of time making sure that the spinach is thoroughly washed.

White bait (银鱼) is also extremely nutritious and I don’t quite know any kid who would turn down crispy white bait when offered some so instead of hiding it in omelette (which my mum used to do – I could see it so I think that didn’t count as hiding), I decided to just make the white bait crispy. Not too much effort really and even adults would love the extra crunch with the tender spinach.

Stir-fried baby spinach with crispy whitebait
Cuisine: Chinese
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Serves: 3
  • 1-2 bunches of baby spinach from the wet market (1 packet from the supermarket)
  • 1 big handful of Japanese (dried) whitebait or more if you'd like
  • 100ml stock/water
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • shallot and garlic oil (made by frying shallot and garlic in oil till they brown) - optional. Use normal oil if you don't have this on hand
  1. In a wok, heat some shallot and garlic oil then add the whitebait and pan-fry till they turn golden brown and crisp.
  2. Set aside the whitebait on a kitchen towel to remove any excess oil. You can fry the whitebait using the microwave as well. Place cleaned whitebait in a deep microwave safe bowl, and pour enough oil to cover half the amount of whitebait. Cover (leaving a small gap) with microwave safe plastic wrap and microwave for 3 minutes, stopping it every minute to check.
  3. With the remaining oil in the wok, fry the garlic till fragrant.
  4. Add the baby spinach and stir-fry for about half a minute.
  5. Add the stock/water and simmer till the spinach is cooked.
  6. Add fish sauce to taste.
  7. Dish and top with crispy whitebait.
Serve the spinach and whitebait separately if preferred.



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