Sinigang na Hipon

Sinigang is a popular Filipino dish.  It is a sour tamarind soup that uses either shrimps/prawns, fish, pork and even beef.  It is also mixed with vegetables such as string beans, radish, eggplants, pepper and spinach or kangkong.  For this recipe, we will be using shrimp as the main ingredient (my favorite!).  Sinigang na Hipon or Shrimp Sinigang is great during cold season.  Best to eat with white rice.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb shrimp (with head)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 bunch water spinach (kangkong)
  • 1 cup daikon radish, sliced(the red radish will be fine too-chopped in half)
  • 1 cup string beans (sitaw), cut in 2 inch length
  • 1 cube shrimp bouillon (optional)
  • 1 pack sinigang mix (tamarind soup base mix), about 20 g ounce
  • 2 pieces banana pepper (or long green pepper)
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 1/2 tbsp oil

Cooking Procedure:

  1. In a large pot, heat oil then brown the garlic.
  2. Add onions and tomatoes and cook just until texture becomes soft.
  3. Add water.  Cover then let it boil.
  4. Put-in the sinigang mix and shrimp bouillon(optional), mix thoroughly and simmer for 2 minutes.
  5. Add the string beans and radish.  Slightly cover and simmer for another 5  minutes.
  6. Reduce heat, add the the banana peppers and shrimps, then cook for about 3-5 minutes or until shrimps turn orange/red.
  7. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Add the spinach, turn the heat off, and cover the pot. Let stand for 5 minutes.
  9. Share and Enjoy!

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