Every once in a while, Cindy and I go to the Filipino Food Store in Abilene, where, limited though their selection may be, I am able to just soak in Asian groceries, spices, smells etc. There's often many products that are made in Malaysia too!
Anyway, on Fridays, if you venture into the "back" of the store, there will be a variety of Asian vegetables. I'm always complaining that I can't find any "Asian vegetables" here in Abilene, but last Friday, my eyes almost fell out and I went "OH MY GOSH" when I discovered they had KANGKONG!!!
After I had brought it home and showed David what "gem" I had gotten from the store, he looked at me and asked, "what IS that, spinach?" I didn't really know the proper English name for it so I looked it up....
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Some of the yummilicous ways to cook it are...
There is a belief in Chinese culture that discourages extensive consumption of Ipomoea aquatica as a staple food crop (in contrast to rice) with the explanation that the hollow stem makes the person weak and hollow like the plant, although this belief does not advocate refraining from eating the plant entirely. But the elderly, for example, are discouraged from consuming it.
This belief probably derived from ancient observations following attempts to replace consumption of rice with the relatively resilient Ipomoea aquatica during times of food shortages and war and noting loss of muscle strength, probably due to the fact that Ipomoea aquatica contains less food energy than rice.
My grandmother just told me it gives you "Wind"