Pork Sinigang (Filipino Sour Tamarind Soup)

March 09, 2021

Sinigang is a Filipino stew that is comforting and ideal for the cold weather before we officially enter spring. Its distinct sour flavor pairs beautifully with the savoriness of pork ribs and fish sauce. While fresh sour tamarind might be hard to come across in the store, using tamarind soup mix speeds up the process too. Loaded with vegetables, it’s an easy recipe that is healthy and hearty. 


2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 medium-sized organic yellow onion, sliced

2 lbs heritage pork ribs

1 packet (1.41 oz) tamarind soup mix

2 liters of water 

3 tablespoons fish sauce

5 jalapeños 

4 organic tomatoes, quartered

5 pieces eddo or taro root, peeled & cut in half 

3 medium-sized daikon, peeled & cut into ¼ inch slices 

12 pieces of okra

3 bunches of bok choy



  1. Over medium-high heat, coat the bottom of a large stockpot with vegetable oil. 
  2. Place your onion slices in the pot and saute for 3-4 minutes until softened. 
  3. Add pork ribs to the pot and cook until browned, 5-7 minutes. 
  4. Pour 2 liters of water and 3 tablespoons of fish sauce into the pot. Let the water come to a boil and then stir in your tamarind soup mix. 
  5. Immediately add in jalapeños, tomatoes & eddo or taro root.
  6. Simmer for 35-38 minutes until the pork is tender, stirring and skimming off fat occasionally.
  7. Add in daikon and okra. Simmer for additional 6-8 minutes. 
  8. Stir in bok choy and after cooking for 1-2 minutes, turn off the heat. 
  9. Taste and add more fish sauce if needed. Serve warm with white jasmine rice. 

This recipe was created by Local Roots Recipe Contributor @theduskykitchen.

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