Kangkong – Water Spinach Salad with Salted Eggs, Tomatoes and Honey Vinegar Dressing
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I made this Kangkong- Water Spinach Salad With Salted Eggs, Tomatoes and a Honey-Vinegar Dressing after a recent trip to Manila. I discovered this Filipino fascination with salads made of pako (fiddle head ferns) and “kangkong” also known as water spinach. Everywhere I went, the Pako Salad or else the Kangkong Salad was served as a starter at restaurants. At a lunch with well known Filipino food icon Ms. Glenda Barretto at her Via Mare restaurant, she mentioned that the customer requests for these types of salads was so high “our suppliers can’t keep up with the demand.”
In the absence of fiddle head ferns here in my suburban home in America, I used fresh spinach greens instead to make a salad. Filipino dishes often have a combination of salty and sweet together in one plate. So I tried to accomplish these flavors in this spinach salad.
Salted eggs in a Filipino salad are a mainstay and a must. Most Asian groceries have salted eggs in their refrigerated section. And when you combine the salty slices with the spinach leaves, tomatoes and red onion, then the contrasts are truly terrific.
Try this spinach side the next time you have Asian entrees on your menu. Mix the sweet honey-like dressing right before you dive into the greens. You will love it and wonder why you didn’t make this before.
Kangkong- Water Spinach with Salted Eggs and Tomatoes with Honey-Vinegar Dressing
- 3 to 4 cups kangkong (water spinach) washed, stems trimmed
- 2 whole large salad tomatoes, sliced
- 2 whole salted eggs, peeled, sliced hard-boiled, (from Asian markets)
- 1 whole medium-sized red onion, sliced
- 1/4 cup sweet rice wine, for dressing
- 1/4 cup ginger ale, for dressing
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 knob (1 inch) fresh ginger peeled, sliced thin, then minced
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 2 Tablespoons honey
- 2 stalks scallion greens, chopped
- Blanch the spinach in rapidly boiling water for 30 seconds. Dip the fresh spinach leaves for a few seconds, then take it out, drain and immerse quickly in ice cold water for 1 minute. Drain off any excess liquids. Dry spinach leaves on paper towels.
- In a salad bowl, place the blanched spinach.
- Arrange on top of the salad the tomatoes, red onion and salted egg slices. Garnish with chopped scallions. Cover and keep refrigerated till ready to serve.
- To make the salad dressing: Mix together in a non-reactive bowl the mirin, ginger ale, garlic, ginger, salt, black pepper and honey. Blend well. Cover and refrigerate till ready to be served. Serve the chilled salad dressing on the side.
- Cook's comments: Here in the States, I buy my salted eggs from the Asian supermarkets. The ones I find are not tinted red (like they are in the Philippines), but are in their regular white shells, preserved and packaged in plastic containers.These days, they are mostly made from chicken eggs. Once you get home, you should boil these salted eggs in water for 30 minutes and they are good to go. When cooked, peel and slice the boiled eggs. Each sliver gives off a sharp saltiness that goes well with ingredients of contrasting flavors.
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This looks gorgeous and love the salted eggs…I’ve never had them!
Thanks, Nelly! I love the salted eggs. I can’t have this salad without it. So nice of you to stop by:-)
Hmm it sounds awesome. I’ve never tried salted eggs. How are they cooked salty? The eggs are peeled and then cooked in salted broth or something? Thanks for introducing the typical lunch salad. It’s probably equivalent to some common salad Japanese restaurant serves. I first need to check out the salty egg!
Hi Nami, the salted egg is hardboiled and soaked in a brine solution for a few weeks. In Asia, we learn to preserve a lot of foods, from meat, fish and even eggs. Originally, they used duck’s eggs for a larger size and a harder, tougher shell that doesn’t crack easily. But now what’s available in Asian groceries are the regular chicken eggs that are salted. It has a delicious salty flavor, and the egg whites are more firm. We can make it too, but it’s too long to do. So I just buy it.