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Vegetarian Filipino Adobong Kangkong (Asian Water Spinach Adobo) Recipe

Adobong kangkong

Adobong kangkong

Kangkong Cooked in Soy Sauce and Calamansi

Kangkong is a green, leafy vegetable that is used widely in Filipino, Chinese, Malaysian, and other Asian cuisines. In Chinese, the vegetable is known as "ong choy." It's also known as "Asian water spinach."

Adobo comes from the Spanish word adobar, which means marinade. But unlike Spanish adobo sauce, which is made up of vinegar, salt, garlic, paprika, and oregano, Filipino adobo sauce is made from soy sauce and either vinegar or a citrus such as calamansi, which is like small, round lime.

The kangkong leaves are cooked for a short period of time only, which makes this an easy dish to make.

Cook Time

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15 min

5 min

20 min

4 servings


  • 1 bunch fresh kangkong
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons calamansi juice
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
Fresh kangkong

Fresh kangkong




  1. Wash the kangkong leaves and stems, then chop them into 2-inch pieces.
  2. Heat the oil in a pan over medium heat.
  3. Saute the garlic and onions until the garlic turns slightly brown and the onions become translucent.
  4. Add the kangkong, soy sauce, and calamansi juice. Simmer for at least 2 minutes.


  • Use vinegar instead of calamansi juice.
  • Instead of calamansi juice, you may substitute lemon or lime juice.
  • Add your favorite meat such as pork, if desired.
  • Garnish with toasted garlic.

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