Filipino Ong Choy Recipe – Adobong Kangkong

Filipino Ong Choy Recipe – Ong Choy, otherwise known as kangkong in the Philippines, is a vegetable that pairs well with different dishes. A general name for the vegetable is Chinese water spinach. You can find plenty of Filipino dishes using this vegetable. Among the different dishes that use this vegetable is adobong kangkong. Adobong Kangkong is a way to utilize not just kangkong, but adobo too. Adobo is another classic Filipino dish. It is a savory dish that involves meat, seafood, or vegetables marinated in vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, bay leaves, and black peppercorns.

A flavor profile involving soy sauce and vinegar is highly popular in Filipino cuisine. Given that kangkong is usually mild in flavor, adobong kangkong adds a new way to enjoy it. If you want to try a highly flavorful long choy dish, try out this Filipino Ong Choy Recipe:

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Adobong Kangkong

A stir fry Chinese spinach dish featuring soy sauce, vinegar and garlic
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 33 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Filipino
Servings 4 servings


  • 1 bunch kangkong (1 gram)
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 small onion (peeled and sliced thinly)
  • 6 to 7 cloves garlic (peeled and minced)
  • 1/2 pound pork belly (cut into 1/4 inch thick strips)
  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 dash pepper (or flavor to taste)


  • Trim about 2 inches from the kangkong stalks and discard the excess.
  • Cut the kangkong into 3-inch lengths. Make sure to separate the sturdier stalks from the leaves then wash thoroughly and drain well.
  • Heat the oil in a wide skillet over high heat. Once the oil is heated, add the onions and garlic then cook them until they turn limp. Make sure to stir them while they're cooking so they don't stick to the skillet.
  • Add the pork and stir until it is cooked or until it is lightly browned.
  • Add vinegar and bring the mixture to a boil. Let the mixture cook for about 2 to 3 minutes then add the soy sauce and water.
  • Mix the ingredients until they're incorporated then bring it to a boil for about 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Once the mixture is boiling, lower the heat, cover the skillet, and let it simmer for about 8 to 10 minutes or until the pork is tender and the sauce is reduced. Season with pepper until you reach your desired flavoring.
  • Increase heat to high then add the kangkong stalks and cook, while stirring regularly, for about 1 to 2 minutes. Add kangkong leaves and cook, stirring regularly, for another minute or until just wilted and covered with sauce. Remove from heat and garnish with fried garlic bits, if desired. Serve hot.
  • After cooking the stalks, add the kangkong leaves and cook, stirring regularly, for another minute or until the leaves are just wilted then covered with sauce.
  • Remove the skillet from the heat and transfer the mixture to a plate. Garnish with fried garlic bits if you want then serve fresh.

Other Options for a Filipino Ong Choy Recipe

Adobong kangkong is the classic recipe to try but you can also go for a more saucy option. If you happen to be lacking in protein, you can opt for the oyster sauce as the feature of the dish. Cooking with kangkong is fairly simple and works well with different flavors and pairings. If you want to get an idea on the more popular flavors in Filipino cuisine, this is the dish to test out.

Check out more Filipino recipes with our “Filipino Callos Recipe” and “Filipino Beef Inihaw Recipe.”

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