Stir-fried baby spinach with crispy whitebait
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Cuisine: Chinese
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Serves: 3
 
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  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.
Notes
Serve the spinach and whitebait separately if preferred.
Recipe by at http://simplymommie.com/2010/07/stir-fry-baby-spinach-with-crispy-whitebait-%e9%93%b6%e9%b1%bc.html