I have been here in the US for almost 3 years and this is my 2nd time to cook sinigang. I know, I know. It has been really difficult cooking anything Filipino for a small family of three. Especially with my husband whose taste buds are just happy with anything plain. Anything too saucy, salty and rich is a little bit overwhelming for his palate. However last Sunday, I was craving for some home cooked sinigang. So, I just announced that I was cooking Pork Singang for dinner and if they didn’t like it – they can make their own dinner.
Mine is pretty simple. What you’ll need.
- 2 lbs of Pork Ribs, Pork Belly or anything pork cut in cubes (thawed)
- 5-6 cups of boiling water
- 5 small pieces of Gabi/Taro
- a bundle of Kangkong or Spinach leaves
- A sachet of Knorr Sinigang Mix
- 1-2 Tablespoon of Patis/Fish Sauce
Peel the Gabi/Taro and drop it in with the pork while boiling. For people with sensitive skin, try to peel it while wearing a pair of gloves or just wrapping your hands in plastic to protect yourself from the skin. I know my mama’s hands get really raw when she peels it without protection.
Pour in a sachet or two of Knorr Sinigang Mix and 1-2 Tablespoon of Patis. I like to mix mine with Sinigang na may Gabi mix and the Original Sampalok mix. When I use the mix with gabi, the broth/soup consistency becomes a lot thicker – which I like. And then I drizzle patis according to taste – it adds a little bit of saltiness to the sourness of the soup.
In the last 20-30minutes of cooking, simmer the heat down a notch or two and add in Kangkong, baby spinach leaves, fresh okra or even broccoli for your greens. I was just lucky to have an asian store nearby that carries Kangkong, okra and other Filipino and asian goodies to help me satisfy my cravings. The only downside is – I have to make it!
I know that I regularly have my tuyo, salted eggs and fried shrimp with bagoong and kamatis, but I have come to realize that I need to continue cooking Filipino at least once a week. I know I migrated rather late in the game and I am not exactly as domesticated as my mama – but I try my best to pass on the culture to my son and to my very American husband through the flavors of The Philippine cuisine – through my simple and easy Filipino recipes.
Needless to say, the Pork Sinigang was a hit for both my boys.
And that’s even better. 🙂