Introduction: Chicken Sinigang

A pretty popular Filipino soup, Sinigang is a sour, savory soup that can be made with beef, pork, chicken, or fish. I use chicken in my soup because I like the lemon-chicken flavor combo. If you were to try fish, I would recommend a white fish over a salmon. I steer away from using red meat in this soup because I don't immediately associate beef or pork with something very tart and sour.

This recipe, like so many of the ones I use, is flexible. I build my recipes mainly on feel, taste patterns, and smell. If things smell 'right' together, I use them together. That's how I decide on vegetables and spices. Sometimes I ask my mom what she puts in each recipe, and then if I know I can't get a certain item, I ask what my substitute options are.

Here's what I've settled on my must-haves for Sinigang:
  • 1 pouch Tamarind Soup Base (Knorr brand), in 8 cups of water
  • Chicken breasts and thighs, cut into bite-sizes (you can use as much as can fit in your soup pot)
  • Daikon Radish slices
  • Baby Spinach
  • Asian Green Beans (the long, thing kind if I can find it)
  • 1/2 or 1/4 White Onion (if I have it)
  • Lemon juice, and Lemon Pepper if I'm feeling spicy!
There's an order to putting the ingredients into the pot, just because things take a little longer to cook. First, you stir the Soup Base powder into the water, and set the stove to a high temperature. Next, add your sliced daikon radish, and green beans. I make sure to wash and peel my daikon before slicing, and snap my green beans into bite size pieces. I try to use chinese long green beans, but I can only get my hands on french green beans sometimes. The green beans make the soup smell a little awkward, my roommates say it smells like farts. Oh well!

Then, you add your lemon juice and lemon pepper. Half a lemon squeezed into the soup works just fine. Next, chop up the onion and toss it on in. Let the soup get to a boil for about 5-10 minutes, chop up the chicken while you wait, and add the chicken when the daikon slices start to turn a little transparent. The very last thing you add is the spinach, so it doesn't overcook. Wait until the chicken is finished cooking in the broth, and then toss in several handfuls of spinach. Let those simmer for a minute or two, keep stirring, and then you are ready to serve!

If you have steamed Jasmine Rice, make some! I love to add a spoonful or two of rice to the bottom of my bowl before dishing up the Sinigang. It's just the way I always ate it growing up. I love making this dish for my Filipino friends, because it reminds us all of good, Filipino food. Just like mom always made it.

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CementTruck (author)2012-08-28

Shrimp Sinigang is good too.

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squidbeetle (author)CementTruck2012-08-29

That sounds delicious! Would you recommend searing the shrimp before adding it to the soup, or letting the shrimp boil in the soup the whole time?

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CementTruck (author)squidbeetle2012-08-29

http://rasamalaysia.com/shrimp-sinigang-recipe/2/

Sinigang na Hipon (although they use prawns in the recipe instead).

I'm sure you could use anything as long as the base is the same tamarind soup. You could probably even do lobster, or langostine(spiny lobster - no claws).

Flip ka ba?



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squidbeetle (author)CementTruck2012-08-30

I'm half Filipino, on my mother's side. I don't understand the language at all. :( However, google translate seems pretty accurate.

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squidbeetle (author)squidbeetle2012-08-30

Oh and thanks for the recipe! It looks good.

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CementTruck (author)squidbeetle2012-08-30

Too bad, but at least you enjoy the food.

I'm 0% Flip, but was born and raised there (Bicol Region). I speak the main language and a couple of dialects. But first, foremost, and most importantly, I cook, and enjoy, the food! :D

Favorite Dish = Bicol Express (makes no difference - male or female, this dish will put hair on your chest)

Cheers!

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dada11 (author)CementTruck2012-10-12

Bicol express is the most famous dish by bicolanos.
bicolanos are best in dishes with "Gata"(coconut milk) and chili Like Laing, and bicol express.

-proud pinoy

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CementTruck (author)dada112012-10-12

Legazpi. Harani sa Lignon Hill / Airport. Ika?

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dada11 (author)CementTruck2012-11-27

dine lang sa makati. =)

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dada11 (author)2012-09-04

I think this is what we call "Sinampalukang Manok"?.
Try shrimp sinigang!. the best of them all.

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