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Stir Fried Morning Glory or Water Spinach Recipe for Cambodian Char Trokuon. Copyright © 2020 Terence Carter / Grantourismo. All Rights Reserved.
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Stir Fried Morning Glory or Water Spinach

This stir fried morning glory or water spinach recipe makes the Cambodian dish char trokuon, which, in a comfortable home in a city, is generally eaten family-style as one element of a spread of dishes, centred around rice, that would typically include an appetiser or two, a soup or stew, perhaps a grilled fish or roast chicken, a salad, maybe a curry. In a more modest home in the countryside it might only be eaten with rice - which a way that we're very happy to eat it. While this is a typical Cambodian dish, you'll find variations on this Chinese-influenced dish all over Southeast Asia.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Course: Sharing
Cuisine: Cambodian
Servings: 6
Calories: 118kcal
Author: Lara Dunston


  • 1 kg morning glory washed, cleaned and cut into stems
  • 1 ½ tbsp garlic chopped and crushed
  • 4 bird's eye chilies sliced finely
  • 2 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • ¼ tbsp chilli oil
  • 1 tbsp corn flour dissolved in 4 tbsp of cold water
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 300 ml chicken stock


  • 2 tbsp fried garlic
  • ¼ cup long red chilies julienned


  • In a stock pot, bring seasoned water to a boil and blanch the morning glory for 30 seconds.
  • Transfer to an ice bath and when cold, strain in a colander.
  • Place a wok on medium high heat, then turn the wok off add a tbsp of oil. Swirl the oil around to coat the surface of the wok. Turn the heat back on to medium-high and sauté the sliced bird's eye chilies. Add the garlic and 30 seconds later, add the blanched morning glory and keep stir-frying.
  • Season the morning glory with soy and oyster sauces and add 1/2 cup of the chicken stock. Once boiling, add the corn flour mixture to the stock. Reduce a little and then add the chilli oil. Take off the heat and mix in the sesame oil.
  • Place the morning glory on a platter and sprinkle with fried garlic and the julienned red chilies.


Calories: 118kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 683mg | Potassium: 753mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 10879IU | Vitamin C: 150mg | Calcium: 138mg | Iron: 4mg