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5 Minute Meal: Best Water Spinach (Kangkong) With Chili Sauce 3-Step Recipe

Updated on September 26, 2011

What can you do in five minutes?

Iron your drawers, get out of bed, do five hundred skips on a jump rope unless you stepped on it accidentally and you get back to one. Well, let me tell you what you can do in five minutes. You can make a meal packed with some essential amino acids that is not only healthy but also hot and spicy!

Why water spinach?

This vegetable is very common in Asia (Southeast and East) and the heart of a lot of family meals. Since water spinach is very inexpensive (some would plant it along the rice paddies), even the poverty-stricken citizens can purchase and eat it.

It has several names: water spinach, kangkong, ong choy, water convulvus, water morning glory, swamp cabbage, and more. It grows almost anywhere that has enough water and this really benefits the water spinach in such a way that it has high water content on its hollowed stems and leaves.

Who is it good for?

If you have diabetes, high cholesterol and weak digestive system, this one is for you. However, if you do not have any of the diseases aforementioned, you can still eat water spinach and enjoy it with the chili. Here's how to make it...


1 Kg Water Spinach

1 Tbsp Garlic, Chopped

1 Tsp Chili Sauce

2 Tbsp Oil

1 Tbsp Fish Sauce

Salt and Pepper


Wash the spinach and cut it into 2-inch lengths (If you have shrimps, wash and soak the dried shrimps in water).



Sauté garlic on frying pan with oil until it turns golden brown in colour.

Add the stems for 1 minute.

Add the leaves and fry for 3 minutes.



Add the chili, sugar, fish sauce, salt and pepper.




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    • sen.sush23 profile image

      Sushmita 4 years ago from Kolkata, India

      This may be a thai recipe, but in Bengal, we do this almost anyday- as an appetizer , first thing with your lunch. Usually we will have a little white rice with it. Another difference is that, we usually chop up the leaves too into smaller pieces- that helps in reduced cooking time too, and maybe makes it more pliant with the rice. I was overjoyed to find this hub of yours- its great that writers like you introduce Asian cuisine to the Western World. Voted up and shared too.

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      Clara Kish 6 years ago from Mt. Perry. Ohio

      I have never tasted water spinach or even heard of it but you make it sound so good so one of these days I will have to fix it , I am sure my son would like it even if I didn't ,You have a way of making your recipes sound so good, thank you

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      Lita C. Malicdem 6 years ago from Philippines

      Kangkong is everywhere in my garden. It grows fast. I used to have hard time pulling out and burning them! I didn't know until now that it could lower blood sugar? I'm happy to know this. Thank you! I like your recipe, biting and yummy!I cook my kangkong salad with garlic, onions, ginger, vinegar, and sugar to taste. Up and useful!

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      Abby Lysach 6 years ago from Singapore

      I like to eat water spinach (kang kong), but do you know what is interesting on it? You should try to eat kang kong and goldfish at once, then you'll feel very sleepy and need to sleep right a way. Kang kong is also can treat patients with insomnia, you know.

      Nice recipes you've shared. Thanks.