I am very fond of sour food and one of my favorite dish since I was a little girl is Sinigang.
Sinigang is a Filipino soup dish with a tamarind base and is best eaten with steamed rice.It may be pork, beef, shrimp or fish and is cooked with a variety of veggies which includes Swamp cabbage (kangkong), okra, radish, tomato, string beans, taro and eggplant.
Although I eat eggplants in a lot of dishes,no eggplants are allowed in my Sinigang. Eggplant has a very distinct flavor and I don’t like the taste of it when mixed with the sour soup.
750 g Beef Sirloin (preferably with fat), cut into chunks
¼ kg unripe tamarind, boiled and juices squeezed out or
a packet of instant tamarind soup base
200g of swamp cabbage leaves
200g okra, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 horse radish, sliced
6 cups water or rice wash
3 tbsp fish sauce
♥ you can add the other veggies if you like but for tonight’s dinner I only prefer those veggies.
Most people sauté garlic, onions and tomatoes with the meat but I think it only add up to the oil content of the dish. Straight boiling of the meat will taste the same.
- Boil beef chunks in a pot with water or rice wash. Simmer for 30 minutes until it becomes tender.
- Add the tamarind juices/instant tamarind soup base.Stir.
- Add fish sauce and horseradish. Simmer for 5 minutes.
- Add okra and simmer for another 2 minutes.
- Add the Swamp Cabbage and simmer for another 2 minutes.
- Serve with steamed rice.
Perfect for a rainy evening!