Tuesday, April 20, 2010


" In the Philippines, KANGKONG- Ipomoea aquatica is usually sauteed in cooking oil, onions, garlic, vinegar, and soy sauce. This dish is called "adobong kangkong". It is also a common leaf vegetable in fish and meat stews like sinigang. There is also an appetizer in the Philippines called "crispy kangkong", in which Ipomoea aquatica leaves are coated with batter and fried until crisp and golden brown." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ipomoea_aquatica

There are 2 types of kangkong. one with longer thinner leaves and the wider with a heartshape leaves which i prefer. But i think there is no distinct flavor/difference between the two variety.

Adobong Kangkong

Y: 4 servings

2 bunches of kangkong

¼ lb of porkbelly, diced

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 small onion chopped

2 roma tomatoes - diced

3 T soy sauce

3 T vinegar- I suggest Datu Puti (Filipino Vinegar)

S&P to taste

Pepper flakes (optional)

1. Wash and clean kangkong.***

2. Separate leaves and cut stems into 1 inch lengths.

3. Render the diced pork belly until brown and crispy.

4. Set the pork and oil aside.

5. Using the same pan or wok with a little of the pork fat, sauté the garlic and onions until they turn translucent.

6. Add the kangkong stems and tomatoes, cook until the thicker stems are tender.

7. Add in the kangkong leaves, vinegar, soy sauce, a pinch of S&P and the crispy porkbelly.

8. Cover and bring to a simmer or until liquid has reduced.

9. Serve with fried fish and steamed rice.

* Soak kangkong in a bowl of tap water and 1 T salt for few minutes. This water mixture will extract whatever bugs are in every nooks and crannies.

 Best served w/ fried fish and steamed rice.


  1. Looking at your kangkong, now I realized this is the same kangkong species that they deep fry here and serve with sweet and sour prawns.

    And I am sure your version of kang kong is just as delicious. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

    Sawadee from Bangkok,

  2. Hello, Kris! Welcome back! This vegetable is ubiquitous in the Philippines both the thin and wide variety. I'd assume it is too to other Asian countries. I actually buy mine at a Vietnamese market. Yes, there is an appetizer dish we call crispy kangkong w/c i will be blogging next.
    Thanks for dropping by.