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Adobong Kangkong Recipe


Adobong Kangkong is a healthy vegetable dish simmered in garlic, vinegar, soy sauce, and other spices, where kangkong is the main ingredient. Kangkong has many names such as river spinach, swamp cabbage, water spinach, kankun, water convolvulus, swamp spinach, water cabbage, kangkung, chinese spinach, and may have different names in other dialects and languages. It's the naming of this leaf vegetable that confuses most of us as to what this kangkong is all about. It will be a good idea, therefore, to write down all the names of this particular vegetable when going to buy it in the grocery store because the store manager might not be familiar with the name kangkong but is familiar with its other names. Despite of its many names, kangkong can be described as a green leafy vegetable with long and tender hallow stem. Its white flower is shaped like that of a trumpet and because of that attribute, some people named it as "morning glory". Kangkong grows naturally in places where it has water and in soil that is moist.

As to the question, “why and how do we came up with this recipe”? Well, simply, because Filipinos are innovative cooks! Filipinos wants to try and experiment the different ways of cooking adobo. Thus, if pork and chicken can be stewed in garlic, soy sauce, and vinegar, so is seafood and vegetable. Our Adobong Kangkong is cooked in a manner of sautéing first the minced garlic until golden brown before adding the river spinach, vinegar, and soy sauce. For variation, you can add other ingredients like tofu, seafood, pork, beef, sugar, pepper, onion, and other ingredients you think is suitable to the dish. This is, by the way, a good opportunity for you to practice your skills and innovation of cooking!

The recipe of Adobong Kangkong is much healthier as compared to Pork and Chicken Adobo because river spinach is a good source of amino acids, calcium, iron, vitamins B and C, and is very light in the stomach.

The dish can also be served as a starter, side dish, or main entree in the table. Also, one best thing I like about Adobong Kangkong is its ingredients are affordable and not expensive.

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Adobong Kangkong Ingredients

  • 1 bundle of kangkong (river spinanch); cut stems 1” length
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon garlic; minced

Adobong Kangkong Cooking Instructions

  1. Saute garlic.
  2. When golden brown, add all other ingredients.  
  3. Cover and simmer until done. Don’t overcook the kangkong.
  4. Serve hot!

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Comments (45)

Kangkong Adobo
Nagluto din ako minsan ng kangkong adobo masarap talaga lalo na pag isama ang laman ng greenshell (grilled) try it super sarap.
#45 - paraparassi - 07/22/2014 - 06:03
adobong kangkong
woooo....;-)sarap nito ...the best to...its really nice...mmmm...sarap.
#44 - yolly - 11/17/2012 - 23:02
adobong kangkong is so delicious sabi nga nila its more delicious food in the phillippines .THANKS FOR THE RECIPE!!!!!
#43 - - 07/24/2012 - 06:18
I cook kang-kong with ground beef and seasoned black eye peas and a teaspoon of chilli paste. My husband my husband and I love it so, we cook it twice a week. He even cook it alone and he is considered a Florida Cracker.
#42 - jean crain - 05/03/2012 - 09:58
the best food in the philippines:-D:-D:-D:-D:-D:-D:-D:-D:-D:-D
#41 - Dodoy - 04/22/2012 - 08:46
one can also fry kangkong with slices of beef masarap din un luto ng lola ko.
#40 - - 03/24/2012 - 08:27
water spinach in Singapore. U can add dried fish or fried fish pg plain adobo lang xa with a bit of vinegar himayin mo yung fish or dried fish.mas masarap tlaga pg u put bit of chilli paste, more tasty!
#39 - - 03/24/2012 - 08:24
Bet it tastes good
Delicious and pretty easy to make. Super tasty!

Thanks a lot for sharing.
#38 - Maricar M. - 02/03/2012 - 20:24
indonesian kangkong
Hi, I am from indonesia. This is indonesian kangkong recipe.
1 bundle of kankong
1/2 tomato cut into sclices
1 teaspoon of ketchup
1/2 teasponn of shrimppaste
4 red chillies
7 small chillies
5 cloves scallots
2 cloves garlic
1/2 teaspoon ofsugar
crush scallots ,garlic, chillies shrimp paste.
heat 3 tablespoon of oil. put the crushed things in frying pan and stir well. add tomatoes, stir and add kangkong. pour ketchup , sugar , salt on it. stirr. ready to serve
#37 - eny - 01/31/2012 - 02:55
Hey, why not try kangkong with teriyaki sauce? It's really nice too
#36 - Mom's Daily Recipes - 12/15/2011 - 08:27
I tried to cook adobong kang kong & crispy kangkong for my husband he like it with pair of steam Thai rice wow!!! wow!!! cook again & again & again Honey!!!!!
#35 - Yoly - 11/24/2011 - 00:14
Ginataang Alimasag & Kangkong
1 Bunch of Kangkong- washed & cut 4 inches in length(leaves included)
1 can of Coconut Cream
2-3 pcs of fresh CRABS(Alimasag)-opened & cut in pieces
1 pc-thumb size of Ginger(Luya)
2 cloves of garlic crushed
salt to taste

In a saucepan boil the Coconut cream, add garlic, ginger & salt
Add the Crabs, once it's cooked add the Kangkong stalk don't cook for too long, add the leaves last turn off the heat and cover for @ least 3-5 minutes. Stir only twice during the cooking time. Serve hot with steamed rice. Enjoy! Maria B.-Qld Australia
#34 - Maria - 10/08/2011 - 03:39
i try it all
lahat po na suggestion ginawa ko .. adobong kangkong with bagoong and pork fat and chilli pepper..with dash of sugar ... super sarap.ppp..pppp:-D
#33 - annie - 09/26/2011 - 11:06
nice one
im looking for some scrummy Filipino foods to cook for my boyfriend. Great list here, thanks!
#32 - madskhmer - 09/24/2011 - 20:32
;-) im looking for some scrummy Filipino foods to cook for my boyfriend. Great list here, thanks!
#31 - madskhmer - 09/24/2011 - 20:15
nice garnish
when it comes to vegetables i'm out of recipe.. nice one.. ill try this one for my boss cause she loves vegetables.
#30 - DERICK - 09/04/2011 - 22:55
;-)nice yummy po tlaga yan,,,simple n luto pero healthy...
#29 - maricar cordero - 09/04/2011 - 19:59
So delicious...aroma,healthy food!!!
#28 - jimmy - 08/14/2011 - 03:39
Kangkong's Name
Good stuff! YAM LEAVES is the English name of KANGKONG but if you go to a Filipino or Asian store, the store staff are more familiar with the name KANGKONG.
#27 - bambi ryan - 08/09/2011 - 11:14
crispy kangkong
masarap din po crispy kangkong lalo n pgbgo lu2.tanggaling mo ung dahon lng kailangan den flour and egg add water idip ing kangkong sa batter den deep fry wala me crispy kangkong kna

masarap dn po ang crispy kangkong,1 egg and 5tbsp of flour and water mic togeder den let become steaky,den dip da kangkong leaves only da leaves dont include da stem den di fry wala me crispy kangkong kana......saw saw sa suka n me cbuyas or mayonaise n me ketchup
#26 - sheila dublin - 08/05/2011 - 22:44
wow,masarap talaga pag lutong pinoy
#25 - joy - 08/05/2011 - 05:09
subukan nyo rin po lagyan ng alamang at baboy,masarap din siya...iba talaga any lutong pinoy...
#24 - lyrad jurilla - 08/02/2011 - 23:13
yah,there's kangkong in U.K.,i bought one bundle in a chinese wholesale store in stoke on trent when we r on vacation w my husband...(chinese kangkong only) taste good yummy.........
#23 - evelyn tan reyes - 07/28/2011 - 00:09
hoooo..!!!! ang sarap ng adobong kangkong paborito ko yan..masarap talaga ang lutong pinoy.
#22 - yethamz - 06/25/2011 - 13:33
love it :)
#21 - - 05/26/2011 - 01:44
Adobong Kangkong
Masarap ang adobong kangkong lalo na kung lagyan ng koting sugar yummy. i tried this several times.
#20 - ed resoles - 04/15/2011 - 10:06
fried kangkong
try nio rin po fried kangkong w/ konteng magic sarap..yummy din po..;-);-);-)
#19 - - 04/08/2011 - 18:50
kangkong in oyster sauce with fired tofu
Hi everyone!. try nyo po ang kangkong with oyster sauce and lagyan ng fried tokwa. i mix ang tokwa pagpaluto na ang kangkong para humalo ang lasa. try no po ito, gustong2 po ito ng mga anak ko po.:-D
#18 - juday - 04/06/2011 - 03:23
"adobong tinangkong" in ilonggo
try rin mas masarap pag my kunting bagoong at kunting asukal...
#17 - che - 03/22/2011 - 02:11
other recipe for kangkong
...mas masarap yung adobong kangkong pag hinaluan mo ng pineapple chunks at tsaka yung juice niya..its so yummy..try nyo now naH!just make it sure na hindi ito ma oovercookedB-)
#16 - ainge - 03/11/2011 - 03:22
adobong kangkong
msarp ung adobong kangkong n my oysters sauce yummy with halaan seafoods po un ung laman lng po ung ihhlo
#15 - - 02/23/2011 - 01:01
yes naluto q dn yan !!!
masarap dn naman :))
i put effort eee '
#14 - choi eun neul - 02/22/2011 - 06:08
ibang luto sa kangkong
try nyo rin yung steamed kangkong (talong or okra) with bagoong. sarap!
#13 - beth - 02/19/2011 - 19:11
adobong kangkong recipe
sana may ibang luto o recipe naman ang kangkong liban sa adobo. more power..........
#12 - jemima - 02/10/2011 - 00:49
thats my expertise...:-):-):-) my husband loves it when i serve him adobong kangkong:-D:-D:-D:-D
#11 - working mom - 01/18/2011 - 05:04
nice :) FV CKOE 2 II ..

LAB IT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
#10 - ellah - 11/20/2010 - 18:10
ilokanos of kangkong
BALANGEG....1 OF my favorite!!!!!!!
#9 - roel pascual - 10/22/2010 - 17:17
asian name for kangkong
ongchoy in chinese
#8 - apple - 10/09/2010 - 13:16
kangkong fever
Family's favorite
#7 - Edz - 08/31/2010 - 15:23
#6 - Nellyn Rambonga - 08/17/2010 - 18:38
i like it better if you put a little chili... try it!:-D:-D
#5 - lorna - 08/08/2010 - 03:37
this may favorite :-)
#4 - ipay - 06/12/2010 - 19:44
the name itself is kangkong if you are buying from asian stores whose owners/tindera are also familiar with the native terms. it also called kangkong in malaysia.
#3 - - 04/15/2010 - 01:16
Kangkong is "swamp cabbage" in english..
#2 - Rakero - 04/02/2010 - 04:59
can someone pls. tell me what they call kangkong in asian stores I haven't heard them calling it river spinach ty
#1 - - 03/31/2010 - 13:48
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