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Craving Morning Glory

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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.

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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.
              http://www.simply-thai.com/Thai-Marke...

            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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