Friday, August 16, 2013

Malabar Spinach : A Soupy Harvest

I bought a bunch of Malabar Spinach about two months ago, the leaves are small but the stems are very green and healthy, planted them in the styro containers and am happy that they are growing very well with very huge leaves!

The Malabar Spinach are from the container on the right. The stems have grown out of the container, going over to the container on the left and some of the stems have even grown longer and seems to creep up on the wall. Have harvested some leaves and will be clearing the mess soon after my next harvest. Time to replant the stems of the soon-to-be harvested leaves.

 The leaves are rather huge, about the size of my palm.

 Harvested some of the bigger leaves for my cooking pot.

 Malabar Spinach soup, with some fish balls and eggs. Garnish with crispy fried garlic.

Harvested some belimbing for the "nasi-lemak makcik" last week. Seen her today and ask her whether does she still want anymore belimbing, she replied "Oh, yes!"

Happy Gardening !


  1. Joyce, I don't think I have ever seen this spinach before! From the looks of it, it has a fine texture. Maybe can only get from wet market? Wow, so many belimbing! Nice with sambal belacan. The makcik must be very happy :)

    1. Hi Phong Hong,
      You may have seen it from the market, even the supermarkets. We called it "chan choy", sounds familiar? :)
      There's another variety with red stems, mine are green.
      These are very easy to grow and I like it stir-fried with lots of garlic.

    2. Joyce, I am not familiar with the name. Is it called 'Ong Tey Chye' in Hokkien? I usually see this 'Ong Tey Chye' stir fried with duck egg.

  2. Malabar Spinach is my very best favorite, Joyce. You are so lucky to have such an abundant harvest!

    Thanks for sharing...

    P.S. 6 Pots of Pineapples!!! I can't even get one to "bloom." Although, it sure is growing like a week, lol...

  3. Se ve muy rica su sopa ador la espinaca felicitaciones por su planta,abrazos.

  4. Se ve muy rica su sopa adoro la espinaca felicitaciones por su planta,abrazos.

  5. I am also growing this plant, Your Spinach looks healthy and nice.