Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Stir-fry Sweet Potato Leaves in Sambal Belacan

Sweet potato leaves is relatively cheap sold in Asian countries.In fact it's abundant and we can grow it easily at our backyard. But here in US and A this vegetables is quite pricey and can only get it during summer season.I understand Sweet potato tips are a health-giving, protective food. They are excellent sources of Vitamin A and Vitamin C. Vitamin A is needed for proper growth, healthy eyes, and prevention of disease. Vitamin C keeps the body tissues strong, helps the body use iron, and assists chemical actions in the body. Cooked sweet potato leaves are an excellent food for babies, pregnant women, and breast-feeding mothers. To my knowledge of cooking sweet potato leaves is limited.The only way I know to cook sweet potato leaves method is stir-fry in sambal belacan paste,a famous Malaysia dish!

1 bundle sweet potato leaves,about 2 lbs(use the tips and young leaves) wash and drained
3 tbsp sambal belacan paste or more if you like spicy
1 tbsp oil
1 tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt or to taste
1/2 cup medium size shrimp,clean and deviened
1 whole long pepper,wash and sliced
1:Heat large skillet or wok with oil at medium high heat with sambal belacan paste .Add in clean shrimp,fry for 1-2 minutes then add in sweet potato leaves,sugar and salt.Add some water if necessary.
2:Toss all the ingredients at high heat well together for another 3-5 minutes or cooked.Do not over cook the vegetables.Check the seasoning and dish out.
3:Serve warm with rice.


petite nyonya said...

I love sayur keledek A LOT & this way is the best way to cook it! I just like to eat it but didn't know anythg abt the benefits to pregnant women or kids. Now I do. :D

noobcook said...

I like this! A local favourite of mine :)

Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover said...

wah, this is my favorite, yum yum

ICook4Fun said...

I love all type of greens except for this one. I guess we ate too much of it when we were young. We picked it right at our backyard and we will have this 3-4 times a week. Maybe that is why I am not fond of it :)

pigpigscorner said...

I actually enjoy eating this veg! Too bad I can't find any here.

My Asian Kitchen said...

petite nyonya:
wow!! welcome to the club!!

well I guess mostly asian like us this style of cooking this vegetables.


I understand what you mean..isn't it look like kangkung? I remember my late grandma told us when WW2/japanese attack she hide in the jungle ,all they eat is this vegetable and sweet potato..

oh!! I didn't know you can't find this vege in GB? Isn't london have large asian or indian population?

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