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Easy Pinoy KangKong Recipe

Ever tried the Filipino KangKong? If you haven't, here's a kangkong recipe to get you cooking this veggie.

This Filipino KangKong recipe is a keeper. It's easy and it's really on the cheap. The ingredients are minimal and it's super duper quick. Besides, Kangkong has many health benefits and known to be perfect for diabetics.

Vegetables of the PhilippinesFilipino KangKong vegetables on the left with a bunch of red sweet potato tops on the right harvested in Naga City farm in the Philippines. These veggies were cooked in coconut milk in preparation for the Feast of Our Lady of Peñafrancia in Naga.

Kangkong vegetables are grown in a warm climate like the Philippines.

These veggies can grow just about anywhere you plant them. They propagate from their vines and can grow very well near the lakes and river banks. 

Kangkong leaves are gathered by picking the tender young parts of the plant. The stems are hollow and each knot on the stems forms their roots.

Kangkong are considered as the water spinach of the Philippines. These leafy veggie is really healthy for you and gives you all the roughage you need for your colon. 

Here's a simple kangkong recipe:

  • a bunch of Filipino KangKong leaves and stalks broken to pieces
  • 2 tablespoons of oil for stir-frying
  • 2 to five cloves of crushed garlic
  • 1 small diced onion
  • 1 tsp grated ginger
  • 1 tablespoons of coconut vinegar or any vinegar you prefer
  • salt and soysauce to taste
  • cracked pepper to taste
In The Wok - the most versatile cookware you'll ever own, put the oil and put it on high heat. Add the crushed garlic, grated ginger and the diced onion.

Stir-fry until soft. 

Add the broken stalks and leaves of kangkong veggies and keep stirring until wilted and the stalks are still crisp.

This veggie cooks real fast. We like our kangkong stalks still a little crunchy. Cook to your texture preference.

Season with soy sauce, salt, a little vinegar and cracked pepper. Stir well to infuse all the flavors into the vegetable.

Remove from heat and serve it as a side dish or over a plate of hot steamed rice.

Quick preparation and very tasty. It's perfect paired with brown rice or as a side dish.

If you are diabetic, this vegetable is a must try.

Brown Rice cooked in your Favorite Rice Cooker is a perfect pair for this dish. Brown rice has lower glycemic index than the regular white rice which makes it a better choice for diabetics.

Kangkong health benefits: It's known to have purgative properties. This Filipino vegetable is recognized by experts as an excellent food for diabetes. It's low in calories with lots of roughage. Because of it's green factor, it has nice amount of vegetable protein as well.

Recommended Cooking Tool for a Filipino Meal:

Filipino food are best prepared in a wok. Rice are best best cooked in a rice cooker.

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