The Morning Glory used for this dish is Ipomoea aquatica, also known as Water Morning Glory or Water Spinach. It is very popular in SE Asian countries as a side or main dish. In most states of the US, it is prohibited to cultivate since it is regarded as a pest but in Texas, it is allowed to be grown for personal consumption due to its undeniable culinary potential. This is nothing to worry about since the consumption is not illegal. Water Morning Glory is now available all over the world in your favourite Asia shop.
Morning glory is a plant in the morning glory family. (Convolvulaceae) found in the tropics. It is a vegetable popular among locals in countries such as Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia and Ghana. There are 3 varieties of Morning glory that Thai people like to cook, which are Thai morning glory, morning glory and rice morning glory. The Thai morning glory is often grown in water because it grows better than on land. The Chinese morning glory is grown in the soil because it needs more nutrients from the soil.
Stir-Fried Morning Glory is a must for a Thai cooking class menu for anyone who has been backpacking around South East Asia.