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How to Make Crispy Water Spinach With Spicy Soy-Vinegar Dip

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How to Make Crispy Water Spinach With Spicy Soy-Vinegar Dip

How to Make Crispy Water Spinach With Spicy Soy-Vinegar Dip

Water spinach (also known as Chinese watercress) is one of the most affordable leafy greens. It's a great source of vitamins and minerals that help maintain healthy skin. These are the reasons why I really enjoy eating water spinach. Learn how I transform simple water spinach into a very appetizing side dish called crispy water spinach (English) or crispy kangkong (Filipino) that is commonly served in Chinese restaurant.


  • 30 pieces kangkong leaves, large
  • Crispy batter (see below)
  • Spicy soy-vinegar dip (see below)
  • Cooking oil, for frying

Ingredients for Crispy Batter

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 + 1/8 cup water
  • 1/2 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Ingredients for Spicy Soy-Vinegar Dip

  • 1/8 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1/4 + 1/8 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili garlic oil


For preparing the crispy batter:

  • 1 large bowl
  • 2 medium bowls
  • 4 small bowls
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • Whisk
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For frying the dish:

  • Frying pan
  • Slotted spatula
  • Strainer (optional)
  • Bowl (optional)

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

5 min

20 min

25 min

4 servings


  1. Rinse water spinach leaves with clean water. Allow leaves to dry a bit. Set aside.
  2. Prepare the batter recipe.
  3. Heat cooking oil in a frying pan.
  4. Coat the entire leaves with the batter.
  5. Deep fry until golden brown.
  6. Line plate with paper towel to absorb excess oil.
  7. Serve with the spicy soy-vinegar dip.

Tips and Techniques

  • Use cold water when washing leafy greens to maintain their freshness.
  • Wash the water spinach thoroughly to get rid of all the dirt.
  • Drain excess oil using a kitchen towel or paper bag.
  • Leave them uncovered after frying to maintain its crunchiness.
  • Cook this minutes before eating a meal, as it's crispier when freshly cooked.
  • Serve with your favorite dip. My favorite is spicy-soy vinegar dip (see recipe above).
Crispy water spinach (crispy kangkong)

Crispy water spinach (crispy kangkong)

Another Water Spinach Recipe

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