Friday, November 20, 2009

Kangkong or River Spinach

I bought some kangkong when we went to the Filipino store last weekend. What is kangkong? Kangkong is a semi-aquatic tropical plant that's a popular vegetable in the Philippines. We called it Tangkong in Bisayan dialect.
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According to wikipedia.com, Kangkong has been translated into English as swamp cabbage or river spinach, but those names don't reflect what kangkong really is except for the fact that it grows where there's a lot of water. It has also been called swamp morning glory because of its flowers.

The tender hollow stems of kangkong are used in cooking as well as its leaves. It can stir-fried, steamed, boiled or lightly fried in oil.

A popular dish in the Philippines is adobong kangkong. To prepare kangkong adobo-style means to cook it with vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, onions, a bay leaf and optionally some pork. I can't wait to make my "ginataang kangkong" tomorrow!





7 diner's comment:

Lulu said...

kangkong is perfect for sinigang... too bad wala yan sa bukid namin dito... sometimes i can buy it in Atlanta....miss it... magtanom nalang siguro ko hehehe

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Sa totoo lang, napakamasustansiya ang kangkong. Nagkaroon nga ako ng magasawang Vietnamese na customer namin sa food export na nakatira sa Canada. Sabi nila sa akin nung pinakain ko sa restaurant na ang pinakapaborito nilang gulay natin ay ang kangkong dahil napakasarap daw. As usual nakakuha na naman kami ng scientific explanation ng kangkong ke profesora Dhemz, lol. Sumikat ang kangkong sa Pinas dahil kay Aiza Seguerra nung bata pa siya dahil sa tula niya tungkol dito. Sige na muna. Thanks sa post. God bless you all always.

Mrs. Kolca said...

oh, favorite ko ang adobong kangkong.. it always reminds me of my mum :D

Cecile said...

Dhemz, pareho tayo; ako mamaya ko iluluto, adobo naman :-)

kathy said...

Hay pirmi na present dris akong ref sis kay paboritong gulay na imong lola... ehehehhee..

Oo tga-CDO ko sis, sa Nazareth. Aha man ka nagpuyo sa nag-skul pa kas CDO? Ako kay Don Mars ug Liceo... Pro nagsayo-sayo ma'g pnguwag maong way nahimo.. hehehehe

Maau pa mo doh uli na mo balik sa pinas, kami ani ambroot oi... Wla pa sure knus-a. Basin ugma na'g ka-afford na mi sa plete.. ehehhehe.. Kapoy man jud mangutang para i-plete oi kay mapuliki dayon ug bayad... waaaa!!!

Maau ka man kay donya ka dha, kami tawon, mga anak sa pobreng ote*... hehehehe.. joke joke joke....

Slamat sa visit sis...

shydub said...

Lami ni siya igisa tsang sa baboy, aguy gimingaw ko sa tangkong sa chowking.

ugma nku balik na sd ky tired nku libut libut oi, wala nahuman ug libot tanan ka tribu. nytnyt mmwah!

m2g said...

kankong is one of our malaysian fav. vegi. No problem at all to look for kankong here. Just to know ur receipe..