Kangkung Belacan is a Malaysian vegetable side dish prepared with water spinach called Kangkung stir fried with spices, aromatics and a shrimp paste called belacan.
In Malaysia this dish was quite common, I saw this vegetable dish almost everywhere I dined in. A dish closely similar to the Filipino dish where it uses bagoong but instead of that a more potent form of shrimp paste is used called belacan. Asians love this dish, its simplistic, its easy preparation and its versatility as a side dish plus it’s also very affordable which I guess contributed to its popularity specially in countries where budget is a constraint.
On its own it might be strong specially for beginners so don’t try it that way, where this shine is when it is paired with steamed rice and any other grilled dishes specially seafood. Its pungent, it may not look pretty but it’s a dish that is full of umami and textures.