Sinigang Na Baka (Beef in Tamarind Soup)
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.