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Here’s how Dr. Wille Ong likes his kangkong

By John Legaspi

It is inevitable to see influencers on the Internet with their millions of followers on the lookout for the latest content, whether grand and luxurious or rustic. That’s just the new norm. What makes social media doctor Willie Ong different is his mission to help Filipinos live a healthier life through his informative medical content available on different platforms.

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Dr. Willie Ong

A scroll on his Instagram feed is like having a real-time consultation. From health tips and trivia to optimistic messages, but what caught our attention was his post about the inexpensive and easy-to-cook adobong kangkong prepared by his wife Dr. Liza Ong. Unlike other influencers, he rarely posts about the dishes on his table.

According to Dr. Willie, kangkong or water spinach is loaded with nutrients the body needs. Just like other green leafy vegetables, kangkong is a good source of fiber, potassium, calcium, folate, iron, and vitamins A, B, and C.
It reduces the risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and kidney stones. Kangkong also lowers blood pressure and cholesterol making it a suitable diet for people with obesity. A bonus is that it’s inexpensive and can be found in any market. If you’re not convinced, maybe a taste test is what you need. Here’s how the Ong household cooks adobong kangkong.


  • 1 bundle of kangkong
  • ¼ cup of soy sauce
  • ⅛ cup of vinegar
  • 1 head of garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup of water
  • 2 tbsp. cooking oil
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Separate kangkong leaves from the stalks. Chop the stalks in one-inch lengths.
  2. Heat cooking pot and pour in the oil. Sautée garlic until it has some color.
  3. Pour soy sauce, vinegar, and warm in the pot and let simmer.
  4. Add kangkong stalks. Sprinkle salt and pepper and stir.
  5. After a minute or two, add the leaves and gently stir. Cook for 30 seconds or until the leaves wilt.
  6. Serve on a plate with rice.

Source: Manila Bulletin (

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