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

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This crispy water spinach is a delicious appetizer.

This crispy water spinach is a delicious appetizer.

Crispy Water Spinach and Spicy Sauce

I really enjoy eating water spinach (Chinese watercress); it's one of the most affordable leafy greens, and it's a great source of vitamins and minerals that help maintain healthy skin. Learn how I transform it into a very appetizing side dish called crispy water spinach (English) or crispy kangkong (Filipino), which is commonly served in Chinese restaurants.


  • 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

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 the plate with a 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 their 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)

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