Stir-fried Morning Glory ( Phat Phak Boong Fai Daeng )
This is a popular stir-fried dish, usually eaten with other dishes at evening khao tom (boiled rice porridge) restaurants. The main constituent of the dish is the aquatic plant morning glory (also known as water spinach), which is consumed as a vegetable throughout the Asian region.
To prepare the dish, the vegetable is stir-fried briefly on very high heat with garlic, chilies, Thai yellow bean sauce, oyster sauce and fish sauce. When cooked correctly, the inside of the pan flames briefly.
At certain restaurants, most notably in Pattaya, the vegetable is cooked and tossed high into the air before being caught on a plate by an agile waiter and served to customers. This “flying” version of the dish is called phak boon loy fah. Photo : http://www.istockphoto.com/