Sinigang Na Baboy (Pork in Sour Soup)

This is Sinigang Na Baboy (Pork in Sour Soup). Sinigang is a popular Filipino dish. It is a sour soup that uses tamarind as it’s base flavor. It can be cooked with fish, meat, shrimp and vegetables. Enjoy this recipe from all of us at Filipino Chow.


  • 2 pounds of pork belly, cubed
  • 2 medium-sized tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 large red onion, quartered
  • 1 inch piece of ginger, peeled and sliced
  • 2 pieces of radish, sliced
  • 1 eggplant, ends trimmed and sliced to 1/2-inch thick rounds
  • 5 to 6 pieces okra, ends trimmed
  • 1 bundle of string beans, cut into 2 inch length
  • 2 pieces of banana pepper (or green chili pepper)
  • 1 bundle of water spinach, cut into 3 inch lengths
  • 1 pack (40 grams) sinigang mix (tamarind powder)
  • 10 cups of ricewash or water
  • 2 tablespoons of fish sauce


  1. Rinse the pork belly with water.
  2. Add 10 cups of water and the pork belly to a large pot.
  3. Bring it to a boil over medium-high heat.
  4. Add the onions, ginger and tomatoes to the pot then bring it to a simmer.
  5. Cook for about 2 hours or until meat is tender, adding more water as necessary.
  6. Add the sinigang mix or tamarind powder.
  7. Then add the pepper and simmer for 3 more minutes.
  8. Add the string beans, radish, eggplant and okra then simmer for about 5 to 10 more minutes.
  9. Season with fish sauce.
  10. Add the water spinach then turn off the heating element.
  11. The spinach will cook from the remaining heat in the pot.
  12. Carefully transfer this to a larger bowl then serve it with steamed rice.


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