Filipino Sour Soup

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Filipino Sour Soup is a staple dish in the Philippines. It is a soup that heals what ails you, a feel-good comfort soup for the ages. This is popularly known as "Sinigang" the reason why it is called "sinigang" is that it was a translation of the English word "stew," which is true because of its method of cooking. It consists of abundant veggies, including lots of greens, some meat, or fish, married together in an incredibly savory broth. 

For this recipe, we will use Pork as the main ingredient. But other protein types such as Seafood, Fish, and Beef are also commonly used. Zesty and refreshing, make no mistake about it, this Pork Filipino Sour Soup is to die for. 

Author: Karla Tejon
Average: 5 (5 votes)
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
60 mins
Total Time
75 mins
6 persons




Cut the pork ribs to bite sizes using a sharp kitchen knife, put them in a medium bowl, then set it aside.
Raw pork ribs in a mixing bowl
For the vegetables, using a colander, wash all the vegetables with water.  Cube the fresh taro root on a cutting board, and slice up the eggplants, daikon radish, and okra horizontally.  Cut the string beans into 2-inch pieces. 
Washed Vegetables in a colander
Heat the oil in a medium cooking pot, and sauté the wedged onion until the layers begin to separate. Add half of the tomato pieces and sauté for about 2 minutes. 
Sautéing Onion and tomato
Add the pork and cook until it turns brown; add a tablespoon of fish sauce.
Adding of Fish sauce in the pot with pork
After sautéing for a while longer, pour in the water together with the pork broth. Cover your pot and bring the liquid to a boil. 
Adding of Pork broth in the pot
Then lower to low to medium heat, add the fresh taro root and boil for 30 minutes, or until your pork tenderizes.
Adding Taro in Filipino sour soup
Uncover the pot and add the sliced daikon radish and Boil for about 5 minutes. Then, add the eggplants, string beans, and okra.
Adding of radish, eggplants, string beans and okra
Once boiling, add the Tamarind Purée or Tamarind Paste and cover the pot again. 
Adding of the Tamarind puree in the Filipino sour soup
Cook all the ingredients for 5 minutes, then add the kangkong stalks, long green chili, and the last of the tomato. Season the sour soup with salt and pepper to taste and let it boil for about two more minutes.
Added the kangkong stalks, long green chili and tomato
Let your Filipino sour soup cook with all the ingredients in harmony. Then, turn the heat off, cover the pot, and let it stay for two more minutes.
Cooking all the ingredients
Around this time, you can start setting your table, too –– Best paired with newly cooked Rice, and don’t forget the soup bowls!
setting the table

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