Filipino food is a complex fusion of Spanish, Western, and Japanese flavors.
I recently went on a Filipino cooking spree and wanted to share some elementary recipes with y' all. So I will be starting with Sinigang since it is close to my heart. Being born in America I have a multicultural diet that includes basically everything from Italian to sushi. So whenever I’m eating Sinigang it's like I'm connecting back to my Filipino roots.
Sinigang to me is considered as the representative of the Filipino palate because every Filipino mom makes sinigang. It’s easy to make with simple ingredients. You can’t mess it up.
If you like tender meat and soup then you will like Sinigang as it has both of these two delicious elements combined. You can either make this dish with tender beef, chicken, shrimp, or even with fish fillets. The best part is it comes with a variation of vegetables. However, if you’re a vegetarian you can also just use veggies like bok choy, spinach, eggplant and daikon.
For this recipe I used a potatoe instead of daikon because I didnt feel like driving out to an Asian Market. I just used whatever I had in the kitchen. For its preparations, you will need 12 cups of water, one potatoe, one peeled onion (cut into quarters), green beans, water, spinach, package of tamarind and short ribs.
For all the Kitchener folks I know how difficult it can be to find daikon or Asian veggies in your local stores. However, there is no need to worry as you can substitute like I did here with the daikon and potatoe.
Sinigang is famous because of its sour and savory taste. You can also modify it according to your taste, budget, and readiness of vegetables.
I hope you like my easy short rib sinigang recipe. Wherever you are in the world I wish you love and positive energies. Remember everyone in different ways are affected with whats going on during this 2020. Be good to yourself and to others when you can. Enjoy.
Prep: 10 min
Cook: 3 hr 10 min
Total: 3 hrs 20 min
1 large Onion chopped in quarters
2 whole garlic
3 -4 lbs. Short Ribs (with or without bones) cut into 1 inch cubes or at the bone
1 pound fresh green beans, rinsed and trimmed
1 daikon or potato cut into 2 inch
2 cups of spinach
1 package of tamarind soup base
12 cups of water
Step 1 (optional)
Removing scum from short ribs. Boil the short ribs in water on high for 15 minutes. You’ll see the foamy scum at the top. Remove meat from the pot and set aside. Throw scummy water down the drain. Use a clean pot or the same pot but make sure to wash and remove any scum residue at the bottom.
Sauté onions and garlic until tender. Add beef and water and simmer for 2 1/2 hours till meat is tender.
Place potatoes or daikon and continue to simmer for 20 minutes.
Stir in green beans and Tamarind soup mix. Simmer for additional 20 min. Then add Spinach when spinach is just cooked you’re ready to serve. White rice optional.
Wherever you are in the world I wish you love and positive energies. Remember everyone in different ways are affected with what's going on during this 2020. Be good to yourself and to others when you can.
More sushi and Pinoy recipes here.