Stir-Fried Genjer (Limnocharis Flava)

Last weekend I found and bought a bunch of Genjer (Limnocharis Flava), a tropical vegetable, in Carrefour Supermarket. Genjer is an Indonesian local name for a tropical vegetable which grow a lot on a silty soil. You probably feel a bit difficult to find it on local markets nowadays. It always remind me of one of my mother’s traditional cooking. I tried to spice it up as what is always in my imagination. And it finally tasted as what I want, savory, crunchy & sweet that you never got from the other vegetables.

a bunch of Genjer, cut the young stalk into 5cm length and discard the lower hard stalk
10 medium prawns, skin-off
1 shallots, sliced
3 garlic cloves, sliced
1 red chilli, sliced
1 salam/bay leaf
2 cm length of fresh lengkuas/galangal
1/2 tbsp yellow bean sauce
1/2 tbsp salt
1/2 tbsp sweet soy sauce
a pinch of sugar
3 tbsp vegetable oil

1. Heat the vegetable oil in a large heavy pan and fry the shallots, garlic, chilli, salam leaf, lengkuas and stir-fry for 2 minutes or until soft.
2. Add the prawns and stir well until the prawns are colored.
3. Season with the salt, sweet soy sauce, sugar & yellow bean sauce.
4. Stir in the Genjer into the pan and continue to stir fry for about 2 minute or until a bit watery. Do not cook to long, otherwise the Genjer will be overcooked.Best served with warm white-rice.