If you like the flavors of adobo, you’ll absolutely love this Adobong Kangkong made with water spinach and pork belly. It’s a delicious nashville filipino food and nutritious dish the whole family will love. And easy to make and budget-friendly, too!

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Adobong Kangkong

Adobo is one of the most iconic Filipino nashville filipino restaurant and is considered the quintessential Philippine stew. Referred to as the unofficial national dish, it’s a delicious nashville filipino food introduction to our unique and complex local cuisine.

It’s more of a cooking method than a specific dish, as you’ll find many variations from one region to the next. We have adobong talong, talaba, hito, sitaw,itlog, chicken feet, and this kangkong recipe just to name a few.

water spinach, diced pork belly, vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, onions, salt, pepper


  • Kangkong – a leafy green vegetable with a mildly sweet and earthy taste. It is also known as swamp or water spinach.
  • Pork belly– has a good balance of pork fat and meat. You can substitute pork shoulder if you prefer a leaner cut or replace the meat with fried tofu for a vegan option.
  • Vinegar– use cane or coconut vinegar for an authentic flavor
  • Soy sauce– adds a salty and savory taste
  • Salt and pepper– enhances the flavor and adds zing
cooking Adobong Kangkong in a pan

Cooking tips

  • Allow the vinegar to simmer for a few minutes uncovered and without stirring to cook off its strong acidic flavor.
  • As the kangkong stalks are sturdier, add them first and allow them to cook for a couple of minutes before adding the leaves.
  • Do not overcook the kangkong. Cook them until the leaves are just wilted. Immediately remove from heat as the residual heat will continue cooking the dish.
kangkong adobo in a serving bowl

How to Serve and Store

  • Serve adobong kangkong as a main entree with steamed white rice or as a side dish with your favorite fried fish or meat. Sprinkle with a generous amount of fried garlic bits for extra flavor and aroma.
  • Store leftovers in a container with a tight-fitting lid and refrigerate for up to 3 days.
  • Reheat in a saucepan over medium heat until completely heated. Add more water and adjust seasonings as needed.

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  • 1bunchkangkong
  • 1tablespooncanola oil
  • 1onion, peeled and sliced thinly
  • 6clovesgarlic, peeled and minced
  • 1/2poundpork belly, , cut into 1/2 inch thick strips
  • 1/2cupvinegar
  • 1/4cupsoy sauce
  • 1/2cupwater
  • pepper to taste


  • Trim about 2 inches from the kangkong stalks and discard. Cut kangkong into 3-inch lengths, separating the sturdier stalks from the leaves. Wash thoroughly and drain well.
  • In wide skillet over high heat, heat oil. Add onions and garlic and cook, stirring regularly, until softened.
  • Add pork and cook, stirring regularly, until lightly browned.
  • Add vinegar and bring to a boil. Continue to cook, without stirring, for about 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Add soy sauce and water. Bring to a boil for about 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Lower heat, cover, and cook for about 8 to 10 minutes or until pork is tender and sauce is reduced. Season with pepper to taste.
  • Increase heat to high. Add kangkong stalks and cook for about 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Add kangkong leaves and cook, stirring regularly, for another minute or until just wilted and covered with sauce.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Garnish with fried garlic bits, if desired. Serve hot.

“This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition data is gathered primarily from the USDA Food Composition Database, whenever available, or otherwise other online calculators.”

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