Pork Sinigang

Pork Sinigang

Pork sinigang is a popular Filipino style soup known for its sour taste. Tamarind is used as a souring agent, but tamarind flavored soup stock can be used for convenience.
Course Soup
Cuisine Filipino
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 55 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 275kcal
Author Liza Agbanlog


  • 8 oz (227 g) package frozen unripe tamarind pods or 1 packet of tamarind seasoning mix
  • 2 lb pork shoulder or skinless pork belly, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 12 cups water, divided
  • 1 tbsp kosher salt plus more to taste
  • 6 pieces taro roots, peeled and cut in halves
  • 1 small daikon, peeled and sliced into ½-inch diagonal pieces
  • 1 Chinese eggplant, sliced into ½ inch diagonal pieces
  • 4 oz green beans, trimmed
  • 1 tomato, cut into wedges
  • 1 small onion, sliced
  • 4 cups baby spinach
  • 2 whole serrano peppers
  • Steamed rice, for serving
  • Fish sauce, for serving


  • If using tamarind pods, combine the tamarind and 2 cups water in a saucepan. Cook over medium-high heat for 10 minutes or until the tamarind is soft. Using the back of a spoon, mashed the softened tamarind. Strain the juice into a bowl and set aside. Discard the seeds and shells.
  • In a large pot, place the pork and 10 cups of water, if using tamarind pods or 12 cups of water if using seasoning mix. Bring the mixture to a boil over high heat. Add salt, lower heat to medium and simmer covered for 1 hour or until pork is tender.
  • Add the taro roots and cook for 5 minutes. Add the daikon, eggplant and green beans, and cook for 10 more minutes or until the vegetables are tender.
  • Stir in the tamarind juice or seasoning mix, and simmer for 5 minutes. Add the tomato, onion, spinach and peppers. Season to taste with salt.
  • Serve with steamed rice and fish sauce on the side.


Calories: 275kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 61mg | Sodium: 137mg | Potassium: 1044mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 2055IU | Vitamin C: 26.3mg | Calcium: 109mg | Iron: 3.4mg