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Lacto-Vegetarian Recipe: Scrambled Eggs With Cat’s Pee

No prize for the correct answer – but  who went marketing today?

I visit my vegetables seller at the local market about twice a week for my supply of broccoli and cabbages.  Today, she recommended that  I get  mani cai for a change.  In fact, she was very insistent because these stalks were young and tender and would make a nice vegetables dish for a change.

“Easy peasy to cook.  Just mix in some eggs!”, she assured me.

Either my Foochow dialect needs improvement or I have an overactive imagination.  I’ve stayed away from mani cai, because mani means ‘cat’ and cai means ‘vegetables’ in Foochow,  with a  little stretch of imagination, I had somehow translated mani cai into ‘Cat’s Pee’ or something associated with the awfully smelling cat’s pee!

In fact, ‘Mani Cai‘ ( 马尼菜) needs no introduction.  This is a popular hardy plant that grows in nearly every backyard in Sarawak.

From Wikipedia (here), I found out that this supposedly local Sarawakian is not so local after all.  It is an international vegetable with a global fan base –  called ‘Amame Shiba’ (アマメシバ) in Japan;   ‘cangkuk manis’, ‘cekur manis’, ‘sayur manis’, or ‘asin-asin’ in Malaysia;  ‘pak waan’ in Thailand;  ‘rau ngót’ in Vietnam;  ‘Malay Cheera’ in Kerala -India  and also fancy-smancily known in the botanical world as ‘sauropus androgynus‘!

Wow-zers!  Do excuse my ignorance sweet leaves aka katuk aka star gooseberry… you go under too many aliases!  (Are you working for Interpol?)

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A fresh bunch of mani cai

To prepare:  Remove leaves from stalk – the stalk is not edible!

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Vegie seller demonstrating the leaves removal process

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Empty stalks to be discarded

At home:  Wash the leaves thoroughly before cooking.

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Deep dark green leaves means a rich supply of chlorophyll

Cooking Steps:  

Beat up a few eggs, I used 4 – the number of eggs is totally dependent on you.  Remember to add a pinch of salt to the eggs to sterilise them – we don’t want to get salmonella, do we?

Add a generous drizzle of oil into the frying pan – Ms Vegie-Seller told me that mani cai absorbs a lot of oil, so I need to add more oil.  I used Cold Pressed Virgin Olive Oil.  First,  I stir-fried the vegs, then add in the scrambled eggs.  If you like, you can add a tiny teaspoon of chicken stock powder for extra taste.

Q.E.D (Quite Easily Done)

TAH-DAH!

My Scrambled Eggs with Mani Cai aka Scrambled Eggs with Cat’s Pee!  A sweet leaf vegetables dish packed with potassium and chlorophyll, a healthful cell rejuvenator, beneficial to the circulation and  intestinal flora;  fibre for regular bowel elimination and last but not least, protein for muscle building from the eggs.

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Scrambled Eggs with Mani Cai or Cat’s Pee

If you spotted that the scrambled eggs were brown instead of the usual golden yellow, I noticed them  too.  I am thinking that perhaps the chlorophyll has somehow seeped through the leaves and stained the eggs.  Never mind the colour/ presentation.  The vegies were very sweet, very tender and not stringy at all – and terribly  easy to cook!

4 thoughts on “Lacto-Vegetarian Recipe: Scrambled Eggs With Cat’s Pee

  1. My cousin and I love this veggie!😀
    Do you know that the stalks can be re-planted? Simply stick them to the ground (as long as you are not superstitious, I heard that the plants invited “spirits”)

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