While the Bayam might sound like an exotic vegetable, this variety of leafy greens is actually very common and ubiquitous. Most people in Asia consume it regularly and even if you’re not in Asia, you’ve probably eaten a variation of it. The Bayam a variety of the popular Spinach with pointed (instead of rounded) leaves. Commonly called the Chinese Spinach, not to be confused with water spinach (Kang Kong), there are even green and red varieties.
Bayam is also universally known Amaranth leaves from the Amarantus plant or Chinese Spinach. Because it is consumed all over the world, this leafy green goes by many names.