Red Spinach with Century Egg

Red spinach. Does it exist outside of Malaysia? Or is it even real.. in the sense that is that a natural occurrence or was it artificially designed? I mean, they sell coloured chrysanthemums by soaking them in coloured water. I haven’t had the courage to check and see if red spinach is made this way because we have it so often at home… I mean, what if it’s really bad and we’ve been ingesting these things yada yada yada.

I still haven’t checked it out. Can someone do that for me and let me know? Please? Thanks. I owe you.

Alright. Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s get to the recipe that might or might not be good for you. 😀
The reason I make this every time I can is because it’s so so easy. And this particular rendition is already a little more elaborate than what we usually have.

Red Spinach, Garlic, Red Dates, Salt, Salted Fish & Century Egg
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Here: a closeup of this red spinach aka bayam merah.
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Lots of people (mostly in the non-Asian world) are yucked out by century egg. I get it. It’s a cultural, acquired taste thing. I mean, it’s black and kinda alien-looking. But I love it.. and I love it. And I love it.
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I made it into this braised dish because we love very soft tender spinach. It merely consists of sauteing garlic and salted fish before adding in red dates, spinach and salt. Bubble away with water and voila!
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The century egg  is just an adornment so you don’t have to use it at all. But… did I mention I love it though?
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This doubles as a sort of vegetable soup if you add in more water or broth.

How do you prepare spinach, though? I’m up for learning more ways to making this beautifully nutritious vegetable. 🙂


“I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for He hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, He hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.” (Isaiah 61:10)

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Red Spinach with Century Egg
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Recipe type: Side
Cuisine: Asian
Serves: 2-3
  • 1 bunch Red Spinach
  • 1 tbsp Canola Oil
  • 2 cloves Garlic, peeled & minced
  • 1 inch Salted Fish, sliced (OR sub with 1 tsp Fish Sauce)
  • 5-6 Red Dates/Jujubes
  • 1 Century Egg, quartered (optional)
  • 1 cup Water
  • Salt, if needed
  1. Cut off the root ends of the spinach, if not already removed.
  2. Wash spinach with plenty of water, 2-3 rinses at least, to remove all sand and grime.
  3. Cut into 2 inch portions & reserve.
  4. In a wok or large pan, heat up oil.
  5. Toss in salted fish slices and garlic and stir around for about 30 secs.
  6. Add in spinach, red dates & water.
  7. Cover & bring to a boil then down to a simmer for 5 minutes or until spinach is tender to your liking. We like ours very soft.
  8. Taste for seasoning and dish up.
  9. Arrange century egg quarters over & serve.

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