Adobong Kangkong Recipe

Abodong Kangkong

If you’re looking for a simple vegetable dish then look no further than Adobong Kangkong. The main ingredient Water Spinach, known locally as Kangkong, is known to grow in watery areas whether intentional or not. So if you buy this at the market or grocery, make sure to clean them thoroughly.

I wasn’t really planning on cooking this dish but since I made some Crispy Kangkong Chips and I have some leftover stalks (and being a frugal momma who doesn’t let anything go to waste), I decided to turn them into another dish. A two-for-one deal — not bad if I do say so myself.

Yes, it is a very simple dish but you should not underestimate it. I remember one former colleague whom I used to have lunch with. One day as we were all preparing for lunch, he excitedly asked us if we’ve ever heard of Adobong Kangkong. He then continued gushing over how delicious it was and how it’s now one of his favorite dishes–and all we could do was stare at him weirdly. Why? Because it’s a very common dish that’s a staple in every Filipino home–okay, so maybe not ‘every home’ if it was the first time he ever tasted some. But the point is it was his first time to try this dish and he instantly fell in love with it.

Oh, and be sure to top it with lots of toasted garlic to make it more flavorful.



1 bunch water spinach (Kangkong) (Separate leaves. Stalks chopped in 2-inch length)
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/8 cup vinegar
Garlic, crushed and chopped (put as much or as little depending on your tastes)
1/3 cup water
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
Salt or fish sauce (add as much or less depending on how salty you want it to taste)
Pepper (optional)


  1. Heat pan over low to medium heat. Add in the vegetable oil.
  2. When oil is hot enough, toast the garlic until brown. Set aside half of more of the toasted garlic. Be careful not to overcook.
  3. Sauté the Kangkong stalks for 30 seconds then add the water, soy sauce, and vinegar. Let it simmer for 1-2 minutes.
  4. Add salt or fish sauce and pepper then stir.
  5. Gently mix the leaves in and stir until combined with the other ingredients.
  6. Let it cook for another 30 seconds and it’s cooked.
  7. Transfer to a bowl or serving plate and sprinkle with toasted garlic.
  8. Serve with steamed rice.

Serves: 2-3 persons

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