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Morning glory stir-fry – rau muống xào tỏi

Morning glory stir-fry – rau muống xào tỏi
  • Side
  • easy
  • 4
  • 25 minutes, plus extra frying and drying time if making the shallots and garlic

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When I was growing up this was my mother’s go-to dish when she was in a fight against time with the daily errands and still wanted to squeeze in time to prepare a full Vietnamese family meal for when dad got home from a long day’s work. So, pull this one from your bag when you need a dish that takes minutes to make, but tastes like it took hours!

Ingredients

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  • Morning glory stir-fry

  • 3 tbsp of sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp of garlic, finely diced
  • 500g of morning glory, roughly chopped
  • 1 tbsp of fish sauce
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 tbsp of granulated sugar
  • Crispy fried shallots

  • 2l vegetable oil
  • 2kg Asian shallots, peeled and very finely chopped
  • Crispy garlic

  • 6 garlic cloves, finely sliced
  • To serve

  • 1 lemongrass stick, sliced
  • 2 red chillies, sliced lengthways
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Method

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1
Begin by making the crispy shallots and garlic used to garnish the dish. This will make much more than is needed, but you can keep them both for up to a month – ensure you store them separately in airtight containers, and keep in a cool, dry larder
2
For the crispy shallots, heat the oil in a large deep-frying pan over the lowest heat for around 15 minutes. An easy way to tell when the oil is ready is to place a wooden chopstick into it – when bubbles form on the surface, the oil is ready
3
Add the shallots in batches of around 200g and deep-fry until golden brown. Remove the shallots with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Repeat this process until all the shallots are cooked, then leave them on the paper towels
4
When you've cooked the shallots, fry the garlic slices for 1–2 minutes, until the garlic turns light golden in colour. Immediately remove the garlic using a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen towels for 1 hour. Transfer to an airtight container and store in a cool, dry larder
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Leave the shallots to drain overnight. Allowing the shallots to air-dry will help to preserve them. Transfer to an airtight container where they will keep for up to 1 month
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To make the stir-fry, heat the sesame oil in a frying pan over a medium heat. When the oil is hot, add the garlic and stir-fry for 1 minute, or until golden. Add the morning glory, fish sauce and the salt. Stir-fry for a few seconds, then add the sugar. Keep tossing from this point onwards to make sure that everything is mixed evenly and the sugar doesn’t burn or caramelise. After 2 minutes, take the pan off the heat and plate up. For the finishing touch, garnish with the crispy fried shallots, crispy garlic, sliced lemongrass and chillies
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Traditionally, this would be served with other dishes, and rice, and always with a little dish of soy sauce with some sliced chilli in. However, I would be perfectly happy serving this as a light and healthy lunch by itself.
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