Sour, salty, with a hint of sweet and bitter, Sinigang is one of the Philippine’s most loved dishes. In fact, the late Doreen Fernandez, who was one of the most respected food writers in the Philippines, once argued that sinigang should be considered the national dish of the Philippines rather than adobo.
Sinigang is a soup whose flavor is sour with fruits abundant in the Philippines like tamarind, guava, green mangoes or bilimbi (kamias).
As for shrimp sinigang… Imagine big, fresh, succulent shrimp swimming in a savory, sweet, and sour broth…the thought of it instantly sets my mouth watering.
Main Ingredients for Sinigang Recipe
- Tamarind pulp
- Rice wash
- Fish sauce
- Morning glory
- The dish is easily adaptable depending on what protein is on hand, but is most frequently made with pork, beef, or prawns. The soup is also rich in vegetables that are easily available in the Philippines like daikon, eggplants, snake beans and water spinach.
- To create that signature sourness, I use tamarind. As a fruit it is quite difficult to come by overseas but tamarind pulp is readily available in Asian grocery stores. To make the base of the soup, tamarind pulp is soaked in hot water for a few minutes and then mashed, strained and added to the pot.
- Sinigang is never complete without a bowl of steaming white rice and what we refer to as sawsawan, a dipping sauce made with fish sauce, calamansi and a bit of chili. Together, with the rice, you have a complete dish.
What Dishes to Serve with this Recipe?
This dish is best served with rice and sawsawan. For a wholesome Filipino meal and easy weeknight dinner, I recommend the following recipes.
This Recipe Goes Well with:
Shrimp Sinigang Recipe
Shrimp Sinigang (Sinigang na Hipon) - big, fresh, and succulent shrimp swimming in a savory, sweet, and sour broth in this delicious Filipino recipe.
- 100 grams tamarind pulp, soaked in a cup of hot water for 15 minutes
- 24 pieces fresh prawns
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 red onion, sliced
- 2 large tomatoes, quartered (or 8 cherry tomatoes)
- 1 green chili
- 8 cups rice wash*
- 1/2 bunch snake beans, cut the size of 2 inches
- 1 daikon, peeled and sliced
- 2 Japanese eggplants, sliced
- 1 bunch water spinach, also known as kang kong or morning glory
- ¼ cup fish sauce, or to taste
- 1 teaspoon sugar or to taste
Heat the vegetable oil in a deep pot and sauté the red onion, tomatoes and green chili for two to three minutes.
Strain the tamarind pulp into the pot and add the rice wash. Bring this to a boil and then turn down to a simmer to cook the vegetables.
For the vegetables, add them to the pot according to how long they take to cook. Add the vegetables that take longer to cook first. As an estimate, the snake beans will take around 7 minutes, the daikon and eggplant around 5 minutes and the water spinach around 3 minutes.
Once the vegetables are done, add the prawns which should take only around 3 minutes or so to cook.
Finally, add the fish sauce and sugar and adjust the seasoning to your liking.
Recipe by Trissa at trissalicious.com
*Rice wash is the water that the rice has been rinsed in. It is normally