Sinigang: The Soup That Will Perk You Up!

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Sinigang is a soup you’ll savor. It’s a kind of sour soup that will perk you up instantly. Just like most of our Filipino dishes, it can be served as a soup or main dish. Best eaten with rice … lots of it! 

Sinigang Up Close

Sinigang is a well-known dish among us, Filipinos. One of the reasons for that is because of its sour taste.

This is one dish that’s going to perk you up. The sour taste of it is just going to wake you up. It’s so good!

This is one dish that’s going to perk you up. The sour taste of it is just going to wake you up. It’s so good! ❤️ 👍

Sinigang na salmon with some green leafy vegetables and a huge green chili.
Sinigang na salmon head with mustasa leaves and green chili.

Another reason why sinigang is very popular among us, Filipinos, is because of its versatility. This is one dish that can be cooked in so many ways.  This is aside from the fact that it can be served as a soup or a main dish.  😃

Take a look at the various ways sinigang can be cooked.

The Very Popular Siningang Na Baboy

Sinigang na baboy is probably the most popular variety of this local dish.

Its starring ingredient is baboy or pork. Aside from baboy or pork, it’s also loaded with a ton of vegetables.

Its starring ingredient is baboy or pork. Aside from baboy or pork, it’s also loaded with a ton of vegetables.

Gabi or taro is added to it to make the soup a lot creamier and thicker. It’s so good.  😄

Take a look at how Chef Vanjo Merano cooks sinigang na baboy.

Sinigang Na Hipon

Sinigang is so versatile that it also comes in another version where the starring ingredients are shrimps. So. if you’re not much into eating pork, sinigang na hipon (shrimps) is the version that you can consider.

It still has that unique sour taste but you’ll enjoy it with some shrimps instead.

Other ingredients for this particular version of sinigang are miso (to add more tart) and mustasa or mustard leaves.

Other ingredients for this particular version of sinigang are miso (to add more tart) and mustasa or mustard leaves.

Take a look at Chef Tatung’s Simpol version of Sinigang na hipon.

Sinigang Na Bangus

Another version of sinigang is sinigang na bangus or milkfish.

Bangus is best served deboned. This particular fish has a lot of bones and it can get pretty tricky to eat.

Chef Vanjo Merano has his own version of sinigang na bangus in the video below.

Here’s Our Sinigang Na Salmon Recipe

Wait … there’s more! Here’s our favorite sinigang version at home.

It’s sinigang na salmon head with miso.

Yes, we use salmon heads for a couple of reasons. One practical reason is that it’s cheap. 😄

But more than that, it’s very nutritious. Fish heads are loaded with vitamins and nutrients. (1)

Here’s our sinigang na salmon head with miso recipe.

Salmom fish heads for sinigang
Don’t think twice about eating fish heads because they’re very tasty and nutritious.
Mustasa or mustard leaves for a hearty sinigang na salmon head
Mustasa or mustard leaves just enhances the sour taste of sinigang na salmon head sa miso.
Miso on an orange plate to be added to sinigang na salmon head
Miso levels up the taste of your sinigang na salmon. This fermented paste that’s made out of soybeans goes so well with the sour taste of sinigang na salmon.
slices of onions, tomatoes,. garlic, and green chilis for sinigang na salmon
Other ingredients include garlic, onions, tomatoes, ginger, and green chilis.
Knorr Sinigang Mix packets
Why cook from scratch when you can get the real sour taste from Knorr Sinigang sa Sampalok Mix

First thing’s first. Wash the fish heads. 😀

Then sauté the fish head in garlic, onions, tomatoes, and ginger.

Add some water.

Get a strainer to add in the miso. Use the water you’ve just added to the sauteed fish to strain the miso.

Add in the Knorr Sinigang mix.

Add in the mustasa or mustard leaves.

Let it boil. Season with fish sauce and pepper. 😄

Then enjoy.

Sinigang na salmon sa miso topped with green chilis
Sinigang na salmon head sa miso is soup and the main dish rolled into one.

No matter what version of sinigang you cook, it’s best eaten with some fish sauce and red chilies.

What version of sinigang do you often cook at home? Feel free to share with us your sinigang version. We’d love to hear from you.

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