Filipino tamarind pork soup

Filipino tamarind pork soup


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About this recipe: This traditional soup is also known as sinigang. Pork chops are simmered with tomatoes and green beans in a tamarind flavoured soup base. It's perfect served with rice.


Serves: 4 

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 (1.25cm) piece fresh ginger, chopped
  • 2 plum tomatoes, cut into 1.25cm dice
  • 450g bone-in pork chops
  • 950ml water or more if needed
  • 1 (40g) packet tamarind soup mix, such as Knorr
  • 225g fresh green beans, trimmed

Prep:15min  ›  Cook:1hr  ›  Ready in:1hr15min 

  1. Heat the vegetable oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Stir in the onion; cook and stir until the onion has softened and turned translucent, about 5 minutes. Season with salt. Stir in the ginger, tomatoes and pork chops. Cover and reduce heat to medium-low. Turn the pork occasionally, until browned. Pour in the water and tamarind soup mix. Bring to the boil, then reduce heat. Continue simmering until the pork is tender and cooked through, about 30 minutes. Stir in green beans and cook until tender.


Tamarind soup mix is also known as sinigang sa sampalok (original). You can buy it in Oriental shops or online.

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