Simple Spicy Stir Fried Wild Fern Shoots

This is the 3rd dish out of the 10. Again, I hated it.... I mean the cleaning job! I spent so much time in cleaning the shoots and cutting them. But it's all worth it though. Everyone enjoying this simple stir fry green vegetables alot. It's spicy but unlike those sambal belacan cooking style. I'm using the whole dried shrimps which gives you a nice chew between the shoots.
Ingredients : (serve 10)
3 big bunch of wild fern shoots
(get more than 1/2kg after cleaning)
60gm dried shrimp, soaked
3 scallion, sliced
5 cloves garlic, chopped
a few slices ginger, chopped
5 birdseye chilies, roughly chopped
salt to taste
Method :
(1) clean and pick the wild fern shoots and then rinse with clean water for several times.
(2) cook the clean fern shoots in boiling water (with 1 tbsp cooking) for 2 mins, drained & set aside.
(3) preheat frying pan or wok with 1/2 cup of cooking oil.
(4) stir in chopped garlic, ginger, sliced scallion and soaked dried shrimp, saute untill fragrant.
(5) add in salt (I used 3/4 tspn) then follow by chilies and cooked fern shoots.
(6) stir fry fern shoots untill well cooked.
(7) off the heat, and serve warm.
Don't you love the green on the plate! It looks so greenlicious. :o)


  1. greenlicious is definitely fitting hehe

    Love your simple yet flavourful stir-fry :D

  2. I cook? =) Like the dried shrimp!

  3. looks delicious and soooo healthy too!

  4. I don't think I'd ever find fern shoots here, but I think this would work great with green beans :)
    Hope you had a great Valentines Day.
    *kisses* HH
    p.s. i know what you mean about cleaning. when hubby's family comes over my back just aches by the end of the evening

  5. Gorgeous and super delicious ...

  6. This looks delicious...I have never prepared wild fern shoots, and can imagine the preparation must be quite a bit. Love all that garlic as well as my favorite ginger :)

  7. I don't think I have ever had fern shoots but I love their gorgeous green color. Looks very appetizing!

  8. Have never heard of these but would love to know more~!

  9. Kristy, this fern shoots look so healthy and delicious but I don't think I can find it here. Next time when I come to JB please cook this for me... ;DD

  10. This reminds me of the spicy stir fry kang kong with dried shrimp! Looks good! I think I can eat this any day. ;) just need a bowl of steamy white rice....yum yum!

  11. I don't usually cook, so I rarely clean- other than cleaning up after cooking :) But I can imagine how horrible it'd be to clean these! It looks delicious though!

  12. Kristy
    Is this 'kaku choy'? Looks something like that. I'll definitely go for this dish. Love greens!

  13. Jen : Thanks! I also thinking the same thing.

    Belinda : I will definitely cook for myself cause they can't easily find this in any restaurants. Even if they have it, the shoots is too hard to chew on.

    The Canning Wife : Hi there, thank you for being here and also for your lovely comment.

    Mille Paradis : Yeap, green always look so gorgeous.

    HH : Once you lay down, don't even feel like moving up anymore! haha...

    Divya : Thanks alot!

    Magic of spice : You're right! But if you want something different & yummy to eat, sacrifice is the name of the game.

    Bridgett : Wild fern shoot is something different from other green vegetables. It grows wild n the forest. It's safe from all kinds of polution included pesticide.

    Claudia : You can check out from Wiki google for further info.

    Ann : Oh, I'm sorry I didn't know you don't have it in S'pore. I think the government didn't want to import this kind of green veggies. Btw, have you ever check out those wet market?

    Bee : I'm not a big fan of kangkong! :o) I think it's because of the chewy stem. I have difficulties swallowing them. haha... Boy, sounds like a kid, don't I?

    Von : Hi dear, nice to see you around! Guess, you've been busy with you school. Hope you're doing well in your exam. Will check on you later. Ciao!

    Cheah : Yes, this is 'kaku choy'! Looks very slim, right! I've split them into half and even quartered the stem. I prefer having it this way. You get more kaku choy if cleaning them this way.

    Sweetylicious : Thank you very much!

    Thanks everyone for visiting and spending your time here with me today. Hope you're all having a wonderful time.

    Cheers, Kristy

  14. Kristy,
    What a delicious green treat!
    A Very Happy Belated Valentine's Day!
    I am not sending you any e-mail but I am coming to your home to tell all my stories, check your air conditioner the temperature will go up with every word(hahaha)!
    I would love to get your favorite Valentine's day recipe link for my food festival!
    Love always

  15. None of this vegetable here for sure. How does it taste like? Bitter?

  16. Sutapa dear : I think I have to dig out my winter jacket and let it lay beside me! hahaha.... You're welcome to make the link and thank you very much for including me. :o)

    Penny : Not even bitter! After boiling the shoots, it became really tender with a little crunch & natural sweetness and the chilies lift it up incredibly. Frankly, it's not easy to make a nice plate of 'qing chao kaku choy'! My guests were so surprise cause they had never tried this in 'qing chao' style before. :o) Btw, wishing you a Happy Chop Goh Meh!

    Thanks ladies for stopping. Hope you're both having a terrific day.

    Cheers, Kristy

  17. hi kristy, i was laughing at your comment earlier at my blog when you mentioned about "making one big round" with so little time. That's very true!! Take it easy, dear! i love this way of cooking the fern shoots, simple and delicious! sometimes i also cook the same way for kangkong

  18. I hope my farmers market has these fern shoots when it reopens in the spring, I would love to make this dish!

  19. Lena : Actually, I am still trying to finish the first round before the 2nd one is coming! *sigh*

    Trix : Good! Hope you will like it.

    Thanks ladies for visiting and hope you're having a great weekend ahead.


  20. Oh this brings back memories, I can't remember when I last had a chance to eat this. Sounds so delicious and worth the cleaning effort yes? Thanks for another great MM submission.


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