Kangkong is also known as Water Spinach or Water Morning Glory. It is very popular in Sout-East Asia and commonly taken as a salad or stir-fried side along with the meals. It is sought after for its succulent, slightly sweet, and mucilaginous stem and leaves. The stem is hollow and smooth, and often cut and stir-fried along with seeds, beans, or tofu, or pork.
Kangkong is highly nutritious, loaded with minerals, vitamins, fiber, and antioxidants. It carries nearly zero calories, hence can work wonders when added on a regular basis to your meals. As a nutrient dense green, Kangkong carries multiple health benefits for the bones, liver, heart, and skin, and hair. Kangkong is rich in Vitamin A, Iron, Calcium, Manganese, B Vitamins, Magnesium, and Potassium.
This stir-fry recipe is super simple and an easy turnaround. Few other ingredients such as peanuts, or pork, preserved or fermented soybeans or fried tofu can also be added per your taste, so feel free to experiment along with. This recipe is great for Diabetics, new mothers, cancer patients, for children, and for heart patients.
Kangkong Stir-Fry Recipe – List of Ingredients
Serves 2-3 persons
- One Medium-sized bunch of Kangkong – 300g
- 4-5 cloves of garlic
- 1-2 tablespoon sesame seeds
- Salt to taste or replace with one teaspoon of soy sauce
- 1 Dried red chili – optional
- 1 medium-sized onion – optional
- 1 tablespoon peanut oil or mustard oil or sesame oil
Kangkong Stir-Fry Recipe – Method of Preparation
Time of preparation – 5 minutes, Time of Cooking – 10 minutes
- Wash and chop the kangkong stem into 1″ long pieces and coarsely chop the leaves.
- Finely chop the onion and garlic.
- Heat the pan. Add oil and let it heat slightly.
- Add the dried chili.
- Add garlic and onion and keep stirring till they turn slightly brown.
- Add kangkong and salt and keep the heat to medium-low.
- Cook till the stem and leaves wilt off, nearly 7-8 minutes.
- Sprinkle sesame seeds on top of it and serve with rice.
- In case you are adding tofu or peanuts, or fermented beans to the recipe, please make sure you cook them or roast them slightly at first in little oil and keep aside. They can be added to the stir-fry in the end along with sesame seeds, mixed and served.