Malabar spinach in London!

The range of fresh Chinese vegetables available in London is growing all the time, and the best news is that some of them are grown locally. Among the home grown greens I’ve found recently is this Malabar spinach. It’s a favourite vegetable in Sichuan, where it is often served in clear soups or stir-fried with garlic. Its plump, rounded leaves have a delightfully slippery texture after cooking, which is why it is known as ‘cloud ear mushroom vegetable’ (mu’er cai 木耳菜) or ‘tofu vegetable’ (dou fu cai 豆腐菜 )The flavour of the leaves is reminiscent of spinach.

5 Responses to “Malabar spinach in London!”

  1. Fuchsia

    Little place opposite the entrance to the Chinatown printers, in an alley just off Macclesfield Street.

  2. David

    Hi Fuschia,
    I’m trying to make La Mian noodles. I understand the Chinese use something called Peng Hui to make the dough more stretchy. I don’t think it’s available in the UK. Would you know of a substitute for Peng Hui? Thanks and sorry for positing on another topic here.

  3. David

    Hi Benji,
    I haven’t as yet. I have just bought some Lye Water so I’ll give that a go.

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