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October 19, 2008


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I was just looking at that magazine today! Poleng is an awesome restaurant with interesting twists on traditional dishes. I liked your comparison and am glad you liked the bacon and kale version cuz I went shopping this afternoon to get coconut vinegar and kale!

Bwaaah! It took me 2 seconds (which is 2 seconds longer than I should have) to get the movie clip. You are too insane. Hella funny, though :) Marsh/shallow pond is right. As a Biology major I should really know how a swamp is different, but my Magic Card roots are taking precedence and I keep thinking of Swamps as they are there, and how the power of one can cause a Marsh Gas to appear and give -2/-0 to all creatures till the end of turn. Or how they give rise to putrid zombies and such. But if you're hiding you should really carry around a bamboo pipe. The high negative pressure caused by your deep breaths would cause the kangkong to collapse, rendering it ineffective.


Anyway, I've never mixed influences w/r/t these greens so I don't know if I'd consider one better than the other-- but I have no complaints about kangkong. Stems have a lovely crunch and leaves are just right-- not too bitter, not hard to chew, and the whole thing fits into your mouth when it's wilted (ew). Spinach: I've never had it not chopped up. Kale: never had it at all. But I'll take a look into adobong kangkong with bacon :) It is a perfect side dish!

yup marsh or shallow pond. funny you should mention the idea of hiding there. Thats actually where people hide dead bodies. you sort of hear remarks such as: "Nahanap nalang siya sa kangkungan" which translates to: "they eventually found him in a kangkong field"

There was a anti-kangkong movement from local organic foodies a few years back, due to questions about the cleanliness of where it was cultivated. I'm not a big fan of it myself, but I like spinach and kale and other leafy green vegies (chinese broccoli and snow pea shoots are fantastic ala adobo).

Filipino collared greens! Looks great, Marvin!

I like reading your posts, it's guaranteed laugh every time. King Kong, Kangkong, hahaha.

Haven't had kangkong in years. It looks delicious, you're making me crave for them now.

Wouldn't have expected to see adobo recipes at that magazine you linked. Bacon adobo sounds good as hell.

I love kang kong (sorry Denzel -- hilarious btw!)! Yes, even the stems...and as odd as this may sound, have been thinking of kang kong stems for a while now, trying to think up a dish that uses only the stems...I know, weird.

Bacon in anything sounds good to me!!!

I love kang-kung. It actually grows anywhere. Back in Indonesia, we used to pee in this little patch of dirt where we also happened to stick the woody stems of the kang-kung into the ground. In a few days, the kangkung grew and sprouted. It tasted extra juicy.

wow... kale? what more with bacony goodness? thats a first for me. maybe ill try it sometime... by the way marvin, have you tried adobo-ing fishes? tilapia for example, also bangus... oh and adobong boiled egg! its a pickling procedure for the egg though, i remember making it in primary school home ec. but i like adding the boiled egg in my chicken and/or pork adobo since hubby likes it...
but that kangkong looked mighty tasty...

Hi foodhoe, I just searched for your review on Poleng and it sounds like a great place. The bacon and kale adobo is really good, and I think it's worth it to try.

Geez manggy, even I've forgotten all that detail to Magic! And thanks for the tip on the ineffectiveness of the kangkong stem, but perhaps a bundle of them in my mouth would be a sufficient breathing apparatus?

Yikes, Jay P! Dead bodies?!! Creepy!

Hi Mila. Besides dead bodies, I can only imagine what else is left in kankong swamps. Ick.

Thanks Julie!

I'm glad you're laughing, Caroline. Thanks.

Hey there, Jude. Yeah, I thought the same thing at first, but I'm liking Sunset more and more these days.

That's not weird at all joey! It'd be interesting to see what you come up with for just stems.

Ok, deadbodies and now piss elmo? Note to self, stay away from kangkong from now on! ;P

Hi Anhjel, adobo-ing fish is on the to-do list for me. Hopefully sometime soon.

You have my vote on kangkong and bacon adobo! When you make it, please let me know so I can come over and eat some of it!

kangkong, especially fried in a light batter, with a thousand island-ish dipping sauce, reminds me of college and all the debuts i had to attend. hehe.. i guess it was the trendy dish for caterers around the mid 90s. i would have preferred this adobo with bacon instead! another food combo hit out of the park! haha! hmm.. i wonder how a kangkong ravioli would fare?

As a vegetarian, I'm glad to hear you've jumped on the vegetable adobo bandwagon! You can also do fried eggplant, mushroom or green bean adobo (or a combo of all three). My grandma even told me I should try it with fried tofu, which I admit would be awesome.

And I had no idea that water spinach (one of my favorite veggies growing up) was called "kangkong" -- you learn something new everyday. :)

Seeing all the water spinach grown in swamps give me a better appreciation for the green. The ones that I saw in VN were so tender, with thinner stems. I could totally see you plucking them and eating them straight from the swamp, BUT hiding in there...um.....not sure if the stems would give you enough air! I would love to see a vid of you demonstrating something like that though!

LOL re Denzel.

Bacon in adobo? Heck, why not, eh? I love adobong kangkong, but am really curious now about the adobong kale. I have kale in the fridge now. . .should I?

kangkong, bacon and adobo are three magic words. put together ... mmm ... this is definitely on the menu this week!

Haha, thanks Annie. I'll be sure to make some soon.

Hi Greasemonky. I actually had kangkong stuffed into wonton wrappers and deep-fried before--so that's sort of like ravioli. But great idea nontheless.

I will definitely be experimenting more w/ veggie adobos down the road Lorena. But it's tough being Filipino and trying to find all vegetarian dishes:)

Hi WORC, it must've been pretty cool to see actual swamps in Vietnam that were growing water spinach.

Yes you should, js! It's definitely good eats.

Give it a try, Pat. It's a dish that I will be making again and again in the future.

A favorite veggie dish in our house too!

hello there! what's the filipino term for kale? i'm not really familiar with vegetable names..

what do we get from eating kangkong?

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