Vegetables are a staple in Southeast Asian dishes. With the culture of sharing dishes, there’s always a plate of vegetables among the protein and carbohydrates. Vegetables served in the region are mostly local and referred to as oriental vegetables in the other parts of the world.

In most cases, Southeast Asian vegetables are green and leafy like water spinach or pak choi. Many in Southeast Asian countries also love gourds or root vegetables.

There are numerous ways to incorporate vegetables into your meal. Start with an exciting combination of ingredients to make the cook up a lip-smacking veggie dish. The most popular vegetable dish in Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand is Kangkung Belacan, stir-fried water spinach with fermented shrimp paste. The dish is mildly spicy and that makes it even more appetizing! It is one dish where many enjoy having with steamed white rice.