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Is Malaysian Water Spinach the New Kale?


Kale is so 2012 and if you haven’t heard of Malaysian water spinach you’re not alone but this little green weed could be the next global super food. This Malaysian culinary staple is making its way over to America along with a group of its tastiest and most nutritious food friends.

Over the past weekend I had the pleasure of attending an event in New York City sponsored by MATrade–a Malaysian trade organization. The focus of the event was on taking a flavorful journey into the diverse, wonderfully aromatic flavors of Malaysian cuisine and taking American dishes and giving them a Malaysian twist. There were tons of tasty little treats, however, I was blown away by this non-descript little green that was used in place of the classic green-bean casserole. It was an ingredient I had not heard of before called Malaysian Water Spinach.

new kaleI spoke with Gina Keatley, certified dietitian-nutritionist and American Ambassador of Malaysian Cuisine, about this delicate plant as she was sauteing up a batch for the voactious throngs of food enthusiasts.

“After being introduced to water spinach I learned that it is actually more closely related to eggplant than spinach but is every bit as nutritious,” says Keatley.

She explained that water spinach has a unique mixture of phytonutrients, is high in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory components, which help protect against cellular damage.

“Not only is this vegetable anti-inflammatory, it is very filling and even has a gram of protein per ounce. I know that embracing a new cuisine can be challenging, but with a few quick techniques and some straightforward instruction you can be whipping up delicious American-Malaysian cuisine before you know it,” adds Keatley.

It appears that the food manufacturers from Malaysia want a place at our kitchen table and they have recruited an enthusiastic spokesperson in Gina Keatley to spread the word. After taking my questions she spent the next hour helping others at the event to “Be Fearless, Be Full.”

Speaking with event sponsor, Kirby Tan, he stated that, “besides the produce, Malaysian foods consists of extremely flavorful spices and sauces which have been expertly packed for busy American home chefs. These flavors can add to any meal and take them from boring to bold in a few seconds. Many “Made in Malaysia” products can be purchased online on Amazon and hit your door in just a few days.”

I had no idea about Malaysian water spinach and it makes me wonder what other foods are out there that I should be eating?

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