Cooking Crispy Morning Glory

Anyone up for a spicy dish?

I'm cooking crispy morning glory in this post. Aside from somtam (papaya salad), this is my next favorite Thai salad. It's refreshingly spicy!

Cooking Crispy Morning Glory

Read on to get this authentic Thai salad recipe.

Morning glory is known for so many names - Chinese spinach, water spinach, water morning glory and kangkong to name a few. For the purpose of this post, we'll call it morning glory.

Thais call crispy morning glory salad "yum pak boong krob". For the likes of me, I just can NOT say it properly. I simply point to the photo each time we order crispy morning glory salad.

To be honest, cooking crispy morning glory took a lot of my energy. I didn't know how difficult it was to make the morning glory crispy. (The trick is to to let them cook until the flour solidifies. a-hem...) It's all worth it though because I was able to mimic (somehow) it's taste when I eat them in Thai restaurants.

If you're an adventurous cook, you'll be adding a feather to your chef hat when you try serving this at home.

Let's begin.

Ingredients in cooking crispy morning glory:
- big bunch of morning glory, cut in desirable size

Cooking Crispy Morning Glory

- cornstarch or tempura flour

Cooking Crispy Morning Glory

- garlic, crushed
- red chili, chopped
- onions, chopped
- peanuts
- lime

Cooking Crispy Morning Glory

- palm sugar
- fish sauce
- shrimps, de-veined

Let's start cooking crispy morning glory.
1. Prepare the crispy morning glory salad dressing. Add the following in a deep bowl.

Cooking Crispy Morning Glory

  • garlic
  • onions
  • chili
  • peanuts
  • lime
  • fish sauce
  • palm sugar
2. Mix well until the palm sugar is dissolved. Set aside.

Cooking Crispy Morning Glory

3. Blanch the shrimps. Set aside.

In cooking shrimps, avoid leaving them too long in hot water to prevent shrinking. Once they change their colors, they are cooked.

Cooking Crispy Morning Glory

4. Coat the morning glory with cornstarch or flour. Add a little water to make it stick.
5. Fry the morning glory in a very hot pan, as if cooking tempura. 

Cooking Crispy Morning Glory

When fried, the volume of the morning glory will deflate. If you want to have more servings, coat more morning glory.
6. Using a strainer, drain the morning glory off its oil.
7. Mix the shrimps, sauce and fried morning glory in one plate.
8. Serve as a side dish on a separate plate or an appetizer.

I hope you enjoy this spicy Thai dish. You'd love the crunch of the nuts and crisp of the morning glory as they swim in a sweet, salty and sour base. Simply yummm!

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  1. Hmmm...intersting recipe. Haven't seen this ish before kasi. =)

  2. wow! another yummy cooking!!! they look really good!! xx

  3. Looks spicy! I'll try this one soon, although I'm not sure if my dad can handle the chillies, hehehe... btw, are you based in Thailand? Studied and worked there, many years ago.

  4. I've never encountered this dish before. What's morning glory in our local market? Thanks for sharing :D

  5. Heee i like it! Wana try that! Thanks for sharing this. Imma show this to my mom! :)

  6. im so drooling right now, no one in my house can cook. sadly no time and everyone is out always

  7. this reminds me of our kitchen..and i am missing it real bad now.. :( been a long time i haven't cook any :((

  8. Nomnomnom mouthwatering!!! Wish I had a talent in cooking :( My only talent is to eat haha

  9. wonderful recipe, easy to follow.

  10. it is breakfast time.. hahaha.. yum yum.. nagutom nako bigla hahahaha thanks for sharing these.. will try them out someday

  11. We have lots of kangkong in our backyard, so this is a must-try!!!

  12. looks delicious! unfortunately, i'm a pretty bad cook. :) i'll give this to my dad though - sya kasi mahilig magexperiment.

  13. That's an interesting Salad. I may try making one.

  14. I miss Thai food and the tempura flour.I can't find any kangkong and tempura flour here.

  15. ang sarap tignan! sana matuto na ako magluto :))

  16. a cooking challenge!
    I wonder if I could do this, I just love eating so much,
    with food being serve instead of me preparing for it.. hahaha!

  17. nakaka gutom naman to :) will try this recipe


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