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Kangkung Belacan

  • Author: Raymund
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 8 mins
  • Total Time: 18 mins
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Cuisine: Malaysian


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.


Units Scale
  • 500 g water spinach / kangkung, rinsed well and chopped
  • 2 pcs red chilies, seeded and finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp dried shrimp
  • 3/4 inch cube belacan
  • vegetable oil
  • 8 pcs small shallots, thinly sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • fish sauce, to taste


  1. In a large wok heat oil then cook the dried shrimps until pungent and crispy, remove from wok then set it aside.
  2. In the same wok sauté garlic and shallots in medium-low heat. Cook shallots until soft.
  3. Add the belacan, mash and stir fry with the cooked shallots for 3 minutes.
  4. Add the water spinach, put on very high heat then continuously stir fry for 3 minutes or until vegetables are wilted.
  5. Season with fish sauce, add the crispy dried shrimps, give it a good mix, turn off heat then serve.