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Pork Sinigang Recipe

Pork Sinigang, also called Sinigang na Baboy, is a traditional Filipino soup dish known for its sour flavor. By tradition, the souring ingredient of this dish comes from a tamarind fruit. Through time, this souring ingredient diversed and instead of using tamarind, guava, calamansi, bilimbi (kamias), unripe green mango, or santol can also be used. Today, a popular powdered sour-soup based ingredient called the "Sinigang Mix" is commonly used. This Sinigang Mix powder is as popular as it is commonly available in most Filipino stores and supermarkets. It comes, popularly, in tamarind and guava flavor.

Sinigang is an indigenous Filipino dish believed to have been influenced by Philippine's neighboring countries. In fact, Sinigang resembles that of the sour soup based cuisine of other Southeast Asian countries like Malaysia's "Singgang", Indonesia's "Sayur Asam", Thailand's "Tom Yum", and "Canh Chua" of Vietnam.

Pork Sinigang also resembles other Filipino soup sour dish called Sinampalokan or Sinampalokan na Manok. The difference of the two dishes, aside from their ingredients, are the ways they are cooked. While Sinampalokan uses the cooking method of "sautéing" and "boiling", the authentic and traditional method of cooking Pork Sinigang is "boiling". In Sinampalokan, the meat (traditionally chicken) is first sautéed in ginger before boiling and in Sinigang, the meat is simply boiled with the other ingredients. Sinampalokan solely uses tamarind souring based ingredient like tamarind fruit and leaves, while Sinigang has options to use various kinds of souring ingredients such as guava, santol, or mango.

The common vegetable ingredients of Pork Sinigang are tomato, onion, garlic, water spinach, radish, taro, eggplant (talong), daikon (labanos), long chilli pepper and string beans. Other variations include using fish (tilapia, milkfish, or salmon), shrimp, beef, or goat as substitute for pork and bok choy, cabbage, brocolli, potato, carrot as alternative vegetable ingredients. Another variation of Pork Sinigang is the "Sinigang na Miso" which include the use of Japanese seasoning composed of fermented rice and barley or soy beans.

One of the secrets of cooking a delicious Sinigang na Baboy is to inlcude the bones of the pig (e.g. pork belly with rib bones, pork neck with bones, baby back ribs, and other bony parts) because bones add more flavor to the broth. The cooking method is to first boil the pork to tenderize. Add the souring ingredient, giving time for the meat to absorb the sour flavor of the broth. Add the vegetables and those that are longer to cook should be the first to be added.

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Pork Sinigang Ingredients

Side Sauce

Pork Sinigang Cooking Instructions

  1. Boil the tamarind fruits, mash, and drain the juice. Save the juice.
  2. In a large pot, boil pork and onion.
  3. When pork is tender, add tomatoes and tamarind juice.
  4. Simmer for few minutes to allow pork absorb the sour flavor of the soup.
  5. Add the taro, followed by the radish, string beans, and chili pepper.
  6. Lastly, add the kangkong leaves.
  7. Season with fish sauce according to taste.



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Comments (49)

my favorite
wow ang sarap try nyong lutuin to the best....
#49 - kirk nicole - 09/02/2015 - 04:20
Cooking Lei
I will try this tomorrow, this is my first time to cook my own version of sinigang.
It is our favorite. Thank you for the easy step recipe, i hope my husband and my baby would love it.:-D
#48 - Lei Reyes-Enriquez - 07/14/2015 - 07:37
The best!!
Ang galing!!! i really dont know how to cook, kaya naman i searched the net para makakuha ng procedure sa pagluluto ng sinigang coz this is one of my favorite. Luckily i found this website. Salamat!!! Now i know where to turn to kapag may kailangan pa kong lutuin.
Godbless!! :-)
#47 - Melanie - 04/28/2015 - 02:19
Sinigang na Baboy
I always crave for sinigang na baboy. It is one of the best filipino recipe and it is also a favorite of my husband. I will make one this weekend. Cheers!
#46 - Ericka Grace Murcia - 04/12/2015 - 21:26
Maraming Salamat!
Maraming salamat sa mga recipe n'yo. Dito na ako natotong magluto!
#45 - rolly broces - 12/20/2014 - 00:36
Nice:-) Dito lang pala ako tatakbo pag di ko na alam kung pano lutuin ang isang dish. :) Lalo na wala na si mama to guide me in cooking...
#44 - jhazmine ivy mae uy - 09/07/2014 - 03:00
wowow alam ko na ngayon mag luto sinigang na pork. Muntik ko na nilagyan ng bawang yon pala nde kelangan bawang! I used tamarind powder. I followed the steps on how to cook sinigang and turned out to be much better than the sinigang cooked by others. Thank you! ;-)
#43 - - 08/25/2014 - 18:04
siniganG na bab0y

Thank u for the recipe ai ka wala nG ant0k ito kc uLam namin ngaun sarap maG luto Ng momMy ko hehehe love u m0m

Sana mataaS ung grade namiN bukaS mag luto kC kme hehe
#42 - normie joy evangelio - 07/23/2014 - 01:02
I havent try your recipe yet.but seems all of your recipe are quite to try it all..thanks for sharing .more power to you..god bless..
#41 - Inday - 10/07/2013 - 23:18
sinigang na pork
thank you for the recipe....
#40 - kelly - 08/13/2013 - 02:37
First time making sinigang...turned out yummy!
Simple and very good recipe. My first time making sinigang and it turned out really good. I used two packets of Maggi sinigang mix to 6 cups of water. :-) My friend told me to boil the pork then throw out the first pot of water and replace with fresh water (to which I mixed the sinigang packets to).
#39 - Franny - 06/14/2013 - 22:01
salamat sa recipe, wala nanay at tatay ko ngaun wala mag luluto, tsk tsk, try ko nga to:-D
#38 - MikeldaveN - 03/07/2013 - 01:57
haha!!.. It was totally perfect!! thanks!! I do really love sinigang ..all of them as long as hindi nkakalason!! hahaha joke thanks po!
#37 - Jonel Beleta - 01/12/2013 - 06:13
Sinigang na baboy
..weeww! Ito ang lulutuin ko bukas, sa aming practical Exam...I hope, na ma Perfect ko to bukas ang Lasa nito... (SInigang na baboy!)
:-) :-o :-P
God Bless na lng sakin! :)
#36 - Judelyn Arostique - 12/10/2012 - 18:56
i think this is very yummy, i want to cook this one...
#35 - ador - 11/21/2012 - 17:32
my favorite.
#34 - mark david nitura - 11/12/2012 - 23:37
my favorite food
i love sinigang na baboy thank you for the recipe :3 ;-) :-( :-0 :-p :-o B-) :oops: :[] (^^^)
#33 - aniela kathryn s. nuguid - 10/29/2012 - 01:34
thanks for this recipe. I used a tamarind paste that I dissolved in hot water before straining, and it was delicious. i didn't use the powder mix for sinigang because of MSG, and it was still delicious.
calamansi really adds the sour kick.
thank you for sharing!;-)
#32 - Kay - 10/06/2012 - 18:14
#31 - shela - 09/06/2012 - 04:32
Sinigang na Malupit
Just finished cooking sinigang na baboy.... Sarsarap!!!!!
#30 - Charles Roma - 08/26/2012 - 19:45
#29 - MAGIE - 07/14/2012 - 05:13
SInigang n BABOY
Wow e2 ang ULam nmin ngaun Yommy! :-P
#28 - Jerric - 07/07/2012 - 21:56
ang sarap-sarap paluto nga kay mommy hehehe:-P
#27 - maria reyes - 07/04/2012 - 03:48
WOW Amazing

Sarap nito yum! yum! yum!!
#26 - Rosalinda - 06/19/2012 - 03:26
haiiist sana okiee sawa na sa prito ehh hahah gudluck :-P
#25 - bhangss - 06/15/2012 - 02:49
purfectt.its so good
#24 - sophia - 03/21/2012 - 19:57
My first sinigang na baboy
Oh my god, it's amazingly good. I love it and my fiance loved it too.
#23 - Mildred Oriza - 03/08/2012 - 22:35
I really loved it! Thank you!:-)
#22 - Miss Yoon - 02/05/2012 - 04:24
ang sarap!! singigang my favorite!!
#21 - gilmar nuñez - 12/26/2011 - 20:30
mas masarap sinigang sa bayabas.
#20 - bayabas - 10/23/2011 - 21:44
sarap naman. nakaka gutom, makapag luto nga nyan..::))
#19 - paul - 09/24/2011 - 21:14
` WOW " im not good to cook buT i'll try this:-o
#18 - FLO - 09/05/2011 - 19:03
helpful tips in cooking
yes :-D oks for guiding tips on how to cook
#17 - Renato Zapanta - 09/01/2011 - 05:34
Pork tenderloin is the leanest cut of pork and just as lean as chicken breast.
#16 - Robert M - 08/30/2011 - 07:23
Pork spareribs is still the best part
#15 - Nono - 08/20/2011 - 20:48
I used Pork tenderloin, and escarole instead of Bok choy. I also served it over rice noodles with some chopped cilantro as a garnish. It was well recieved by my philipino friends :-D
#14 - Stew - 08/05/2011 - 06:50
Substitute pork with another
If you're on a low-fat diet, you can substitute baboy [pork] for fowl [chicken or turkey] or seafood [shrimp,tilapia, etc...]. Some fish varieties will break up and fall apart into small pieces when boiled as a stew dish. To avoid this, bake or fry the fish until fully cooked, then add the fish last when all the vegetables are fully cooked.
#13 - Tony Baloney - 07/22/2011 - 16:32
i'm not good in cooking, but i'll try this recipe. goodluck!!
#12 - Michelle Angela Macam - 05/22/2011 - 18:06
the best sauce for this dish, i think, is in the taste of the individual person. "fish sauce with calamansi" might be good some but "soy sauce with calamansi" might also be better to others. the saying goes, "what is delicious for pedro is not exactly delicious to juan". for me, i use bagoong isda with calamansi juice which is more okay to my taste!
#11 - lindsay - 05/18/2011 - 16:28
Helpful site for a mommy!
thank you po sa recipe...i love your site i try to make some of your recipe my husband and my kids love it. ..great site...more power sana po idagdag nyo po yong recipe ng somai:-)
#10 - Judith - 04/01/2011 - 23:35
if you put chicharon it tase good too::-D:-);-):-(:-o:-OB-):oops::-[]:-P
#9 - trish stratus - 04/01/2011 - 21:20
this is my grandma's specialty, be it fish, shrimp, beef or pork, but the pork is my favorite. best if tomatoes(lots of it), garlic and onions were sauteed in olive oil and combine with the rest of the cooked ingredients 10 minutes before serving.
#8 - ianara - 03/26/2011 - 04:10
sarap meals
#7 - gian lancita - 03/14/2011 - 03:49
ano ba talaga kuya?
#6 - thea - 08/09/2010 - 13:33
try it also with bagoong isda with calamansi taste good too.
#5 - tara - 08/07/2010 - 10:18
try it with bagoong alamang its taste good.
#4 - nat - 08/06/2010 - 03:46
soy sauce with kalamansi is best with nilagang baboy and not sinigang na baboy
#3 - jen - 07/27/2010 - 05:41
have not tasted sinigang with soy and calamansi
#2 - Lilian S. Patacsil - 07/11/2010 - 05:02
I have to try this recipe, I feel hungry just looking at the pictures:-P
#1 - marpha mordeno aguillon damon - 07/08/2010 - 17:52
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