Stir Fry Water Spinach with Garlic – Rau Muong Xao Toi

Stir fry water spinach with garlic is a quick and easy home-style stir fry to cook. Mom would make it a vegetarian dish, but I had to seasoned it differently in order for my little foodie to enjoy eating this vegetable dish, so mine is a pescatarian dish instead.

Prepping and cooking time: 30 minutes or less
I used a 12-inch non-stick stir fry pan.


1 or 2 bag(s) of water spinach
2 Tablespoon of Canola oil
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon sugar
1 Tablespoon minced garlic
1 Tablespoon oyster sauce *
*Note:  Omit the oyster sauce for vegetarian.


1.  Mix the stir fry seasoning.
2.  Wash the water spinach.  Snap it into 2-3 inch segments.  Important, snap the leaves and stems apart if you are cooking for a toddler because the stems has a chewy texture while the leaves are much easier for them to chew and swallow.
3.  Heat deep 12-inch pan with canola oil.
4.  Add in half of water spinach first. Cook on high heat.  Add in the stir fry mixture.  Then add the remaining water spinach.  Mix everything up well so the water spinach would be cooked evenly.  Remove from heat and serve.  (Cook within 3-4 minutes.)
Enjoy this home-style cuisine with rice or by itself!

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