Sambal Kangkong

Sambal Kangkong, also known as “Stir-Fried Water Spinach with Sambal,” is a well-liked and sought-after Zi Char dish. This vibrant and spicy stir-fry features fresh water spinach (kangkong) cooked in a flavorful sambal sauce made from chili peppers, shrimp paste, and various aromatic spices. The dish’s popularity can be attributed to its fiery and savory taste, balanced with the natural sweetness of the tender water spinach. Sambal Kangkong offers a delightful combination of textures and flavors, making it a favorite choice among diners seeking a zesty, nutritious, and hearty addition to their Zi Char dining experience.

Why Do People Love Sambal Kangkong

People like Sambal Kangkong because of its delicious taste and spicy flavour. The dish combines fresh kangkong with a flavourful sambal sauce made from chilli peppers, garlic, and other spices. The spicy kick of the sambal enhances the natural sweetness of the kangkong, creating a mouthwatering combination that many people enjoy.

Additionally, Sambal Kangkong is quick and easy to prepare, making it a popular choice for home-cooked meals or restaurants. The dish is versatile and can be enjoyed as a main course or a side dish, complementing a variety of other dishes such as rice or noodles.

Making Sambal Kangkong Yourself

making Sambal Kangkong yourself

If you’re making this dish yourself, here’s a recipe that you can try out. 


  • 400 grams of kangkong (water spinach)
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 2 red chilli peppers, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon of shrimp paste
  • 1 tablespoon of soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon of oyster sauce
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • Salt to taste

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes

Servings: 4

How To Cook Sambal Kangkong

Step 1

Wash the kangkong thoroughly and trim any tough stems. Set aside.

Step 2

In a wok or large frying pan, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat.

Step 3

Add the minced garlic and chopped shallot, and sauté until fragrant and golden brown.

Step 4

Stir in the sliced chilli peppers and shrimp paste, cooking for another minute.

Step 5

Add the kangkong to the pan and toss gently to coat the leaves with the sambal sauce.

Step 6

Pour in the soy sauce, oyster sauce, sugar, and a pinch of salt. Continue stir-frying for 2-3 minutes until the kangkong is tender and well coated with the sauce.

Step 7

Remove from heat and transfer to a serving plate. Sambal Kangkong is now ready to be enjoyed!

Serving Sambal Kangkong With Other Dishes

Sambal Kangkong pairs exceptionally well with steamed white rice, providing a satisfying and wholesome meal. For a complete Southeast Asian feast, consider serving it alongside other traditional dishes like Nasi Lemak, Hainanese Chicken Rice, or Rendang. 

Nutritional/Health Benefits

  1. Vitamins and Minerals: Kangkong, also known as water spinach, is rich in vitamins A, C, and K, as well as minerals like iron and calcium, supporting immune function, vision, and bone health.
  2. Fiber: Kangkong is a good source of dietary fiber, promoting healthy digestion and aiding in bowel regularity.
  3. Antioxidants: Kangkong contains antioxidants like beta-carotene, which help protect the body from oxidative stress and support overall health.
  4. Low-Calorie Option: Sambal Kangkong is relatively low in calories, making it suitable for those watching their calorie intake while enjoying a flavorful vegetable dish.
  5. Plant-Based Protein: Kangkong provides plant-based protein, which is essential for vegetarians and vegans.
  6. Healthy Cooking Method: Stir-frying Kangkong with sambal sauce helps retain its nutritional value, creating a wholesome and nourishing dish.
  7. Spices and Flavors: The sambal sauce adds spices like chili and garlic, offering potential health benefits such as boosting metabolism and supporting immune function.
  8. Hydration: Kangkong has a high water content, contributing to hydration and supporting overall well-being.
  9. Versatility: Sambal Kangkong can be easily customized with additional ingredients like shrimp or tofu, providing flexibility and catering to different dietary preferences and nutritional needs.

Visit Lao Li Da Pai Dang For An Authentic Zi Char Experience

The above recipe is just one of the many ways to making this dish. 

If you’re looking to enjoy delicious Sambal Kangkong without all the hassle and preparation time, while discovering a unique version that our customers can’t get enough of, then come on down to our restaurant for an enjoyous dine-in or takeaway, and experience it for yourself, only at Lao Li Da Pai Dang!

Whether you’re in the mood for this, or wish to explore other dishes, our extensive zi char menu promises to delight at every turn. At Lao Li Da Pai Dang, the warm and inviting ambience, coupled with attentive service, creates a family-friendly and inclusive atmosphere that only adds to the enjoyment whenever you visit and dine with us. 

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