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Craving Morning Glory

hungerpains Nov 4, 2009 04:05 PM

Had fried morning glory in Thailand a few years ago and almost got a morning glory addiction. In Thailand it was served after lighting on fire in pan . I found it in a little place in SoCal, but have unable to find it in San Francisco in restaurants or markets.

I think it is also called On Choy or water spinach. Any suggestions on where to find it?

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  1. Robert Lauriston RE: hungerpains Nov 4, 2009 04:46 PM

    Commonly called ong choy or kang kung around here. I've had good versions at Singapore-Malaysian in SF and Great China, Daimo, China Village, Legendary Palace, and Jayakarta in the East Bay. I've never seen it flambeed, only stir-fried with shrimp paste, garlic, or fermented tofu.

    Jayakarta Restaurant
    2026 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704

    Legendary Palace
    708 Franklin St, Oakland, CA 94607

    Great China Restaurant
    1589 Farmers Ln, Santa Rosa, CA 95405

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      sfbing RE: hungerpains Nov 4, 2009 05:01 PM

      I'm not positive about this, but it might be seasonal here. At least, I haven't seen any in the chinese markets recently. Given that my Siem Reap tour guide said that it was practically a weed in Cambodia, I'm guessing that it is something that is more common here in the spring and summer.

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        Melanie Wong RE: sfbing Nov 4, 2009 05:43 PM

        Yes, it's a summer time vegetable in these parts.

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          Robert Lauriston RE: Melanie Wong Nov 5, 2009 11:02 AM

          Spring, too. It's available year-round, but in the cold months most of it's probably coming from far Southern California, Mexico, or China.

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            Melanie Wong RE: Robert Lauriston Nov 5, 2009 11:06 AM

            Yes, it does make an appearance year-round. However, some restaurants won't serve it when the weather is cold.

      2. kungful RE: hungerpains Nov 4, 2009 05:03 PM

        I buy On Choy all the time at 99 Ranch. It's very easy to cook and quite inexpensive.
        Just stir fry with some garlic, dried chili, and a little fish sauce.

        1. Melanie Wong RE: hungerpains Nov 4, 2009 05:44 PM

          You should just ask for it in restaurants. Since it's seasonal, I've rarely seen it on a printed menu. But it's widely available during the summer.

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            hungerpains RE: hungerpains Nov 6, 2009 04:32 PM

            Thank you all. Your knowledge base is fantastic. The Super Bowl Thai is a tiny place just south of Claremont, CA that has a very tasty rendition. I will try the places mentioned when it is the correct season.

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              wolfe RE: hungerpains Nov 6, 2009 05:11 PM

              Nancy Berry posted a link to Thai vegetables last year including some morning glories.

            2. Melanie Wong RE: hungerpains Nov 22, 2009 01:51 AM

              Two weeks ago Little Yangon said they were serving it. Worth a call.

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