Sinigang Na Baka (Beef in Tamarind Soup)

photo(290)Sinigang is a Filipino soup or stew with a characteristic sour flavor which usually comes from the tamarind fruit. It can come with pork, beef, chicken, shrimp or fish, and is cooked with a variety of fresh vegetables.  It has an acquired taste, and Filipinos adjust the sour flavor depending on their preference.

Luckily, for those who don’t have the knowledge – or time – to prepare the tamarind flavoring from scratch, a powdered, ready-mix Sinigang  flavoring is easily available at most Asian grocery stores, or the ethnic food section of supermarkets.

So the next time you crave for a non-creamy warm soup, try the sinigang and experience this unique taste of authentic Philippine cuisine.


1 lb beef shank, cut into 2-inch cubes

10 cups water

1 packet (1.76 oz) Mama Sita Tamarind Seasoning Mix

1 medium tomato, quartered

1 medium onion, quartered

1 small Chinese eggplant, sliced

1 cup long green beans, cut into 2-inch pieces

1 cup sliced raddish

1 cup okra

1 pieces, long green pepper

3-4 leaves, green leafy vegetable

3 tbsps fish sauce


Boil water in a large sauce pan.  Add tamarind seasoning mix.  Add fish sauce. Add in the beef pieces and bring to a boil.  Continue cooking until beef pieces become tender. Add tomatoes, onions, eggplant, okra, long beans raddish and green pepper.  Let simmer for about 2 minutes.  Turn heat off and add green leafy vegetable. Serve while soup is warm.  Best served with steamed rice.


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