Kankun or morning glory (Ipomoea aquatica) also known as water spinach and water convolvulus or swamp cabbage is a popular greens in East and Southeast Asia. This leafy green consider as poor's man dish since it's very cheap and available widely in East and Southeast Asia.
I think kankun was introduced to Maldives may be since 10 years. Now it’s available at the market, stores and local shops. A bunch weighing around hundred grams will cost around Eight Maldivian Rufiya. The leaves and tender tops are often stir-fried with some kind of sauce and meat or dried tuna. Kankun dishes are so easy and fast to prepare, as well it’s very healthy. Today I made kakun beef, just love the taste. I love this dish with rice and dall curry.
200 grams kankun leaves (Pick cleaned and washed)
250 grams tenderloin beef, thinly sliced
1 big onion sliced
2 cloves garlic sliced
4 dry chilies (each cut in to 3 )
2 tbs dark soy sauce
1 tbs Oyster sauce
½ tsp pepper powder
4 tbs vegetable oil
¾ tsp salt
1_ In a bowl add beef 1 table spoon soy sauce, oyster sauce and pepper powder, leave to marinate for 30 minutes.
2_ In a very hot wok or a pan add oil, onion, dry chilly and garlic, sauté until onion gets soft. In to this add marinated beef and sauté for 5 minutes, you can see beef getting cooked. Lower heat of stove to very low and cover beef mixture with lid. Cook covered until beef is tender, this will take 20 to 30 minutes.
3_ when beef is tender tip all kankun leaves, remaining soy sauce and salt stir fry for few minutes and remove from heat……………………. Enjoy!