It’s finally starting to cool down and I was in the mood for something comforting but not too heavy. So, I made sinigang. According to Wikipedia:
All I know is that it’s sour and chocked full of my favorite veggies (spinach and bok choy) and it’s delicious.
This dish is super versatile in that you can use whatever meat you like (fish, chicken, none at all) and add in your favorite vegetables. Eggplant and okra also work well in this soup. Really, it’s chef’s choice when deciding on veggies and meat. The only constant is the tamarind base. If you can’t find sinigang mix in your local Asian market, grab a few on Amazon here. It’s worth having a few on hand for emergency sour soup needs.
Again, chef’s choice – everything below is adjustable to suit your tastes. Hate bok choy? Double up the spinach. Hate spinach? Leave it out and add more string beans. You really can’t mess it up. Well, you could, but you’d have to try really, really hard.
Sinigang na Baboy (a.k.a. Sour Tamarind Filipino Soup with Pork)
makes 6 servings in about 1.25 hours
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 large onion, sliced
3 cloves of garlic, crushed
2″ knob of ginger, roughly julienned
2 lbs pork shoulder, cut into ~2″ cubes
3 tbsp fish sauce
10 cups of water
2 medium sized tomatoes, quartered
6 small creamer potatoes, cut into ~2″ cubes
1 pack sinigang mix
2 Anaheim chiles (or other mild chile)
2 cups of string beans
6 baby bok choy, split and cleaned
9 oz baby spinach
Heat oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add onion, garlic and ginger and saute until onion softens and ginger becomes fragrant – about 8 minutes.
Add in pork and brown on all sides. Add in fish sauce and saute another 2 minutes.
Add in 10 cups of water and bring to a boil. Once boiling, add in quartered tomatoes and potatoes and cook for ~40 minutes or until pork is tender.
Add in sinigang mix packet, chiles and string beans. Simmer for 8 minutes.
Add in bok choy, simmer another 3 minutes.
Finally, turn off heat and add in spinach. Cover with lid and leave for 5 minutes – the residual heat / steam will cook the spinach.
Serve with big ol’ bowl of sticky rice.