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Stir Fried Garlic Spinach with Mustard Seeds

[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

If you've had dim sum, there's a good chance you've had water spinach, stir fried with garlic till just wilted. It's a clean, simple dish that shows greens at their best, and one that takes quite well to mustard seed. I prefer the small hot "Chinese" seeds for this application to give the dish a little edge, but use whatever mustard you have on hand.

Since it takes bushels of greens to cook for more than a few diners, I usually save this for meals I take alone. Stir fries take best to small amounts of vegetables, though you can double this recipe with little ill effect to serve three to four. Any leftovers get tossed into fried rice. You'll have leftovers from the rice you've cooked to soak up the garlicky, vegetal sauce.

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