Sinigang recipe, a delicious tamarind soup

Sinigang recipe, a delicious tamarind soup

The base of the soup's sour flavor is the tropical fruit, the tamarind. The secret to drawing out the sweetness and thickness of the vegetables is adding water that has been used to wash rice. The meeting of these two ingredients fully transmits the flavor of everything in the soup.

Ingredients (serves 4 people)

  • 1 kg pork shoulder
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 onion
  • 45 ml of nam pla
  • 2 lemons
  • 12 kidney beans
  • 1/2 white radish
  • 5-6 taros
  • 2-3 eggplants
  • 3-4 sweet peppers (Shishito)
  • 100 g of spinach

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  1. Add 700 milliliters of water to a pot, bring it to a boil, then add 1 kilogram of pork (pork shoulder) cut into 3-4 centimeter cubes, 1 tomato cut into four equal parts, and 1 sliced onion.

  2. Further add 200 milliliters of water that has been used to wash rice, 45 milliliters of nam pla or salt, and the squeezed juice from 2 lemons to the pot, then stew for 1 hour over low heat.
    ▸Because tamarinds are difficult to obtain, lemons are used as a substitute.
    ▸If you have fish sauce, 45 milliliters can take the place of the nam pla or salt.

  3. While the pot is stewing, the harshness will be removed, and once the pork has softened, cut the vegetables to an easy-to-eat size and add to stew for 20-30 minutes over low heat.

  4. Once the vegetables have been cooked thoroughly, add 100 grams of spinach that have been cut to an easy-to-eat size. Once the spinach is soft, turn off the heat and place the food in a serving dish. It can be eaten as-is or poured over rice and enjoyed dynamically in the local Filipino style.

  5. Did you know that it's customary in the Philippines for boys and girls to help out around the house at the age of 7 or 8? As they learn cooking from their mothers in the kitchen, the heartwarming appearance of them making meals together is seen all around.

  6. When mothers pass on knowledge to their children, the cuisine that is most representative would be a delicious, sweet soup filled with simmered vegetables and meats called "sinigang."

  7. It’s a slightly sour stewed soup that uses a tropical fruit known as the tamarind, and it is said that the traditional style is to pour the soup over rice and eat it heartily. Mothers wishing for their children's healthy growth joyfully watch over them as they eat their sinigang in high spirits.

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