Scrumptious and Easy Filipino Pork Sinigang Recipe

This Filipino Pork Sinigang recipe combines the classic tartness of tamarind with the steamy comfort of the classic Philippine soup. If you love sinigang, you HAVE to give this a try.

Filipino pork sinigang recipe

There is, perhaps, no dish more beloved throughout the Philippines than the hot and comfortable staple sinigang. The best sinigang recipe varies from family to family and is almost always passed down from Lola or Lola to apo (grandparents to grandchildren).

Sinigang is a classic among all of the best Filipino foods, and when it comes to arguing over who gets the last serving, it even beats out Filipino pork barbecue. This is my children’s favorite food, no questions asked. If there is one dish that they could eat morning, noon, and night, it would be this pork sinigang recipe.

The sinigang recipe I’m sharing here is the recipe from my wife’s family. It’s a little on the ‘maasim’ (sour) side for some tastes, but Christina and the boys swear by it. If you find it too sour for your liking, you can always reduce the amount of tamarind that you use.

What Is Filipino Pork Sinigang?

Christina Wagar doing Yoga in Coron, Philippines
Christina doing yoga in Coron, Philippines. Almost as relaxing as a bowl of pork sinigang.

Sinigang is a Filipino soup made famous for its sour and savory flavors. This soup is so delicious that it was rated as the world’s best vegetable soup by TasteAtlas. However, sinigang is not just a vegetable soup, it is often mixed with meats including pork, beef, shrimp, or fish to make many different variations of sinigang.

The name ‘sinigang’ actually means “stewed dish”, which is a fairly accurate description for a stock that takes on the flavors of the various ingredients included in the dish. Because sinigang isn’t traditionally served up with lots of meat and vegetable, rather, it’s the stock that makes or breaks the flavor.

The soup is typically flavored with tamarind, vegetables such as tomatoes, okra, garlic, and onions along with meat such as fish, pork, beef, shrimp, or chicken. These are often combined with bouillon cubes, sometimes with a tamarind base, for additional flavor.

Easy and Delicious Filipino Pork Sinigang Recipe

Filipino pork sinigang is a relatively simple dish. It involves combining the stock, vegetables, and meat and boiling it all together to draw out the flavor.

What You’ll Need To Make This Recipe

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How Long Does This Filipino Pork Sinigang Take To Make?

Cooking Filipino pork sinigang doesn’t take that long. You’ll need to allocate about 10 minutes preparing the pot and the ingredients and about an hour to simmer the soup. However, the longer you simmer the ingredients together, the more of the flavor you’ll draw out. So, if you want a richer, more complex flavor, you could simmer the dish for up to two hours.

Filipino pork sinigang recipe

Scrumptious and Easy Filipino Pork Sinigang Recipe

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Pork sinigang is one of the most famous dishes in the Philippines. Not only is this soup beloved by Filipinos around the world, but it's been ranked as one of the best soups ever!

This dish is an absolute favorite in my house. We'll eat it at breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The savory, sour, and healthy ingredients make for one of the best Filipino comfort foods. And it's an absolute hit on chilly days.

The tamarind soup base gives sinigang a nice zing. And it can be altered easily by substituting any number of different vegetables or swapping out different meat including shrimp, fish, beef, or chicken.


  • 1 small onion. Chopped 1 tsp. salt 2 plum tomatoes. Diced 1 lb. pork shoulder 4 cups chicken broth 1 (1.41 oz.) package tamarind soup base 1/2 lb. fresh green beans. Trimmed 3 cups fresh or frozen spinach
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 small onion. Chopped.
  • 2 plum tomatoes. Halved.
  • 1 lb. pork shoulder cut into manageable portions
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 (1.41 oz.) package tamarind soup base
  • 1/2 lb. fresh green beans. Trimmed
  • 3 cups fresh or frozen spinach
  • 1/2 cup sliced okra


  1. In a large soup pot heat the vegetable oil over medium heat.
  2. Stir in the onion. Cook, stirring frequently until the onion begins to be translucent (approx. 2-4 minutes).
  3. Season the onion with salt.
  4. Stir in tomatoes, and pork.
  5. Cover the skillet and reduce heat to medium-low
  6. Continue cooking until pork has been browned on all sides.
  7. Pour in chicken broth and tamarind soup base. Mix to combine.
  8. Cover and bring the mixture to a boil. Once boiling reduce the heat to medium-low.
  9. Continue simmering until pork tender and cooked through (approx. 30-40 minutes).
  10. Stir in green beans, spinach, and sliced okra. Cook until tender.
  11. Serve with hot rice.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 240Total Fat: 9gCholesterol: 64mgSodium: 2598mgCarbohydrates: 12.2gProtein: 26.5g

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