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Sinigang na Baboy

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I’ve always wanted to post a pork sinigang recipe but my ingredients are perpetually incomplete. It’s the weather that’s driving me crazy like kangkong (river spinach) isn’t available during winter or that I couldn’t find a single decent gabi (taro) during the summer days. Either I missed out buying the green chili or I am just plain unlucky. So I decided to post what I have and present few pics all at the same time…

Sinigang na baboy is a sour soup and I grew up loving tamarind as the main souring agent. Love it with bony parts or even slabs of pork fat. These, of course, must be simmered for quite a while to be tender and nice.

The vegetables that I normally include in the broth are sitaw (string beans), kangkong, radish, okra, aubergine, mustard greens and gabi. I don’t necessarily put everything all together but there are few combinations that I really like. I also love gabi as it gives a thick and creamy texture. I like crisp sitaw and kangkong. I like crushed tomatoes in it. I like okra but too bad i can’t find them here. One more thing, I like it real sour but not astringent. Hindi yung basta naasiman lang.

Here is the recipe for the 1st photo shown above. 2nd photo shown is sinigang without gabi, aubergine and green chili pepper but with sitaw. 3rd photo is buto-buto (bony parts) with sitaw and kangkong. Notice the color of the soup when it has no tomatoes as shown in the last photo.

1/2 kilo pork, cut into bite sizes
1 big piece of aubergine, cut ala-pakbet
1 small radish, sliced thinly
1 onion, cut into quarters
3 tomatoes, sliced
3 medium sized gabi, cut into bite pieces
1 green chili pepper
1 lemon (my substitute for tamarind)
patis (fish sauce)

Add the pork to a pot of boiling water (about 5-6 cups of rice washing water) and scoop out the scum when it floats. Simmer for about 10 minutes then throw in the onions, tomatoes and gabi, bring to boil and season with patis and half of the lemon juice. Cook until the meat is tender and the gabi is mushy. (Add more water if necessary.) Add the aubergine, radish and green chili and simmer until the aubergine is cooked. Just before turning off the heat, stir in the remaining lemon juice. Serve hot with patis or bagoong (shrimp paste) on the sides.

If you have kangkong, add it on the last minute, cover and turn off the heat. Let stand for few minutes and serve right away.

For related article, check out my mom’s sinigang na bangus and sinigang na manok. For sinigang using real tamarind, click here.

Below is sinigang with mustard greens long beans.

Iba pang klaseng sinigang:
Sinigang na Manok
Seafood Sinigang sa Miso
Sinigang na Bangus sa Kamias

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I am not a professional cook. My only claim to having a culinary background is a short stint as my dad’s teen ‘sous chef’ in his carinderia ages ago. Dad ran small eateries since I was a young kid - serving standard ‘turo-turo’ food ranging from the likes of menudo, adobo, pritong isda, dinuguan, binagoongan, bopis, munggo, pinakbet and giniling to merienda fares like goto, ginataan, pancit bihon, halu-halo and saging con yelo.

My father, a farmer in his hometown before working his way to becoming an accountant, definitely influenced my cooking in a lot of ways than I thought. My siblings and I were raised in a backyard full of fruit trees and vegetable garden. We spent weekends and the summer breaks running around with ducks, chickens, goats and pigs. I had wonderful memories of gathering eggs, butchering chickens, selling vegetables and the sweet aroma of preserved fruits. But my love for art led me to a degree in Architecture. Just few months after getting my license, I went abroad and lived independently at age 23. Definitely no maid, no cook, and a totally different food culture. Along the way I met lots of friends and spent what seemed a lifetime learning new tricks and recipes.

Now living in Auckland, I am a work-from-home mum who juggles time between work, fun and family - in pursuit of work-life balance. No matter how busy I am, I love the idea of cooking for my family. My blog chronicles home cooking greatly influenced by life outside my home country from Southeast Asia to Beijing and Auckland. And most of the time, being busy also means easy (sometimes quick), affordable meals.

21 thoughts on “Sinigang na Baboy

  1. Hi Iska,

    Wow, sinigang na baboy galore! Yummmmm!

    Pass the rice and let’s eat… all the bowls look so tempting and delicious.

    Thanks for visiting my new site.

  2. sis!
    basta ako yun may gabi! and lotsalotsa hot rice!!! what i love to do, smash the gabi and mix with the rice plus the soup! yummei!

  3. :smile: I also love sinigang, sobrang sarap kahit na tag-init dito sa Pinas. Siempre ang liempo sarap ng taba.

    I have a recipe of sinigang na baboy with gata. I will post it one of these days.

    I usually use pechay instead of kangkong. Alam mo naman maraming rumors dito na kung saan-saan nakukuha ang mga kangkong na itinitinda sa market. Pero kapag sa supermarket ako namimili ng veggies, kangkong ang ginagamit ko.

  4. naku, iska, favorite ‘to dito. lalo na pag maulan! kalaway naman ang kangkong mo! bihira ‘yan dito. i have to grow it if i want a regular supply. gabi rin. and i also like it really sour like you. and with a majorly hot pepper.

  5. I’ve tried sinigang too. Loved it! I used a flavourful chicken stock (fist stock for Siningang na Isda) as my base, tamarind paste as my sour ingredient, chopped pork hock as my cholesterol, Jalapeno peppers as my sting, and patis to taste ofcourse. Season with salt & pepper. Can’t do without them.
    Jalapeno peppers will blow your top off-careful. :evil: About 2 pieces will do. A clarified chicken stock will make a whole lot of diff. :smile:

    Initially, I had to simmer the pork hock to make it softer and dumped all the impurities that came out from that stock. I don’t classify that as a stock although it’s often used as a ‘stock’ in Pinas. :!:

    The only veg I used though was Shanghai bok choy-chopped. Veg is totally up to the cook.

  6. hi everybody! yup sinigang is ultimate soul food dba? pinoy na pinoy din and everybody likes it. i even found online about one thai who likes it very much. tinuruan sya ng kanyang kasamang pinay.

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