Cooking Water Spinach with Taosi

Cooking water spinach is another easy treat for new cooks. Water spinach also known as water morning glory (some call it morning glory), Chinese spinach or swamp cabbage cooks quite fast; unlike green beans that I almost always eat raw even after steaming.

Water spinach

Cooking water spinach in hot boiling water for less than 10 seconds already makes an excellent veggie dish with a protein viand.

Anyway, here is what we need in cooking water spinach in black beans or taosi:
- Water spinach, cut at desirable lengths
- Garlic, crushed
- Cooking oil
- Hot water
- Spring onions, chopped
- Black beans (taosi)
- Fish sauce
- Porkloin, cut into bite-sized (optional)

Cooking Water Spinach with Taosi

One thing about garlic, I believe that we cannot use too much of these in cooking. Garlic is an old spice with lots of healthy properties. I always use as much garlic as I can crush and chop, especially when I sauté. For this dish, that’s what I recommend (with regards to the garlic, at least.)

Cooking water spinach in taosi:
1. Bring the pan to high heat.
2. Pour in some cooking oil.
3. Toss in the generous amounts of garlic into the hot pan.
4. When the garlic’s aroma rises, put in the water spinach.  
5. Saute the ingredients together for about 3-5 seconds. We don’t want to fully cook the water spinach at this point since we are still to add some flavor.
6. Pour in a little water to allow the flavors to breathe.
7. Season the dish with ample amounts of black beans.
8. Continue sautéing the dish.
9. Put a bit of fish sauce to taste.
10. Serve hot with rice.

In cooking water spinach, you can also add some pork bits or into the dish to give extra flavor and body. In this case, add in the pork after the garlic. Then the rest of the steps follow.

Enjoy cooking water spinach with black beans at home! You may also want to try my Crispy Morning Glory recipe.

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About the Author: Beingwell loves simple home cooking recipes. She enjoys sharing her quick easy meals, including Filipino cooking recipes in this blog. Enjoy cooking like a pro!


  1. Ang sarap, and the recipe is so simple to make.I can eat a lot of rice with this.

  2. This looks yummy yet still healthy! :D I used to not like veggies that much, but now I love most vegetables including water spinach! :)

  3. Yummy and easy to make: what could be a better combination than that? I like that I can make this after a long day in the office.

  4. Easy to make and healthy food.. Love it.

  5. Yum yum yum! I love it when cooked with lots of garlic...That's a healthy and quick recipe.

  6. Naku I miss this! Kasi my MIL used to cook almost every dish with tausi ; p Now that she's gone, wala na nagluluto ng tausi.


  7. very simple and vegetarian recipe love it..thanks Rizza for this wonderful recipe...


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