“Child, come and eat! I cooked sour shrimp soup!”
One of my favorite childhood memories was when my mom would cook sinigang for dinner. I’d get so excited and eat so much that I’d forget to leave some for the rest of my family. I could finish a whole pot if my mom let me – maybe even two!
Sinigang is a method of cooking soups in the Philippines that incorporates a souring agent. Souring agents can include but are not limited to: tamarind, kamias, green mango, mangosteen, and much more! The soup also contains vegetables and a form of protein. Vegetables can include eggplants, okra, and/or white radishes while proteins can include salmon, beef, and/or pork.
Now I won’t give my mom’s secrets away, but I’ve found an easy-to-follow recipe that will do just the trick! This particular recipe comes from Panlasang Pinoy and uses shrimp! Sinigang na hipon or sour soup with shrimp is a great comfort dish for those cold winter nights or when you’re missing home a little bit more than usual.
Let’s get started on how to cook sinigang na hipon! (Before handling food, always wash your hands!)
Step 1: Gather all of your ingredients!
- 1 1/2 lbs shrimp with heads
- 1 bunch of water spinach
- 1 cup string beans
- 2 pieces medium-sized tomatoes
- 1 large white onion
- 8 cups water
- 1 pack sinigang mix tamarind soup base mix
- 2 banana peppers or long green peppers
- 3 tbsp fish sauce
Step 2: Prep all of the ingredients and set aside!
- Cut the water spinach in to 3-inch long sections.
- Cut the string beans into 2-inch long sections.
- Quarter the 2 medium-sized tomatoes.
- Quarter the 1 large white onion.
- Prep about 1.4 ounces of the sinigang mix.
- Gather 8 cups of water in a large enough pot.
- Measure out the 3 tablespoons of fish sauce.
Step 3: Bring the pot with the eight cups of water to a boil.
Step 4: Start by adding the onions and tomatoes!
- Boil the two vegetables until they become soft enough for your spoon to squish them without applying much pressure.
Step 5: Put in the sinigang mix!
- Stir and simmer for two minutes.
Step 6: Add the whole banana peppers and string beans.
- Stir and simmer again for three more minutes.
Step 7: Add the shrimps and fish sauce!
- Stir and simmer for five minutes! You’re almost done!
Step 8: Add the water spinach!
- Turn off the stove!
- Cover the pot.
- Let it stand for five more minutes.
Step 9: Serve hot! Share and enjoy!
- I recommend serving it over white rice! You can have additional fish sauce on the side for more of a flavorful and sour bite!
Watch Panlasang Pinoy’s YouTube video if you’d like to see it all in action!
Vanjo Merano, the face behind Panlasang Pinoy, is “a Filipino IT professional living in Chicago”. He created this Filipino food blog to share the best Filipino and Asian recipes for everyone to enjoy.