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With everything happening now, we can all admit it–– we’re getting a little stir crazy during this moment in time. We’re stuck at home, some of us even away from our loved ones, and with all the announcements from our government, the collective boredom, stress, and anxiety we all feel might be overwhelming.

What better to calm yourself down than a home-cooked meal? Frankly, all meals from here on out are going to be home-cooked anyway, so might as well focus on a CLASSIC. Nothing beats a hot bowl of sour, savory sinigang with rice, even on a hot summer’s day.

Craving for a bowl? If your mom hasn’t passed on the secret recipe for her sinigang or you simply want a twist on the famous sour and savory soup, here are 5 sinigang recipes that you definitely should try!

Sinigang na Baboy sa Sampalok Recipe

The most popular base of sinigang – sampalok – if you want a taste of home in a bowl, then this is the recipe you should go for.

Fun fact: You can also replace the pork with beef or shrimp in this recipe. 
Sinigang na Liempo sa Sampalok
Photo from Booky


  • 1 1/2 cups eggplant (talong)
  • 1 1/2 cups radishes (labanos)
  • 1 1/2 cups okra
  • 2 cups taro root (gabi)
  • 2 cups string beans (sitaw)
  • 3 cups water spinach leaves (kangkong)
  • 2 cups tomatoes
  • 1 cup onion (sibuyas)
  • 4 cups rice washing (pinaghugasan ng bigas)
  • 1/2 kg pork spareribs or liempo
  • 5 pieces chili (siling pansigang), cut open if you want it spicy
  • 1 pack of Sinigang sa sampalok mix (or actual sampalok)

For the procedure, head on to Chef Sandy Daza’s Youtube video.

Sinigang sa Bayabas at Pinya

An interesting take on the sinigang sa bayabas which is another basic base for sinigang, the sinigang sa bayabas at pinya is one to try if you’re a pineapple fan and you want something a little sour and a little sweet.

Sinigang sa Bayabas at Pinya from Mesa
Photo from Facebook | Mesa Philippines


  • 1/4 kg pork limepo
  • 1 tomato (kamatis)
  • 1 onion (sibuyas)
  • 1 guava (bayabas)
  • 1 taro root (gabi)
  • 1 long green chili (siling pansigang)
  • 1 eggplant (talong)
  • 1 radish (labanos)
  • nearly ripe pineapple (manibalang pinya)
  • water spinach (kangkong)
  • string beans (sitaw)
  • oil
  • soup stock (pinagkuluan ng liempo)

For the procedure, head on to the recipe video by Chef JR Antonio, the Executive Chef of Mesa Filipino Moderne.

Sinigang na Manok sa Presa (Strawberries)

Coming from a recent trip to Baguio or you just can’t get enough of the citrusy, sour taste of berries? Incorporate that flavor in sinigang and watch your taste buds explode with flavor!

Sinigang na Manok sa Strawberries from Empacho
Photo from Facebook | Empacho

Here’s a recipe by Chef Dino Ferrari:


  • Strawberries (Fresh and Blended)
  • Onion (sibuyas)
  • Tomato (kamatis)
  • Water Spinach (kangkong)
  • Chicken (manok)
  • Long Green Chili (siling pansigang)
  • Ginger (luya)
  • Fish Sauce (patis)
  • Pepper (paminta)

For the procedure, head on to the recipe video by Chef Dino Ferrari.

Sinigang na Bangus sa Miso

A traditional Japanese seasoning, miso adds a rich, salty, and umami flavor to the typical sinigang that perfectly complements the sour notes in the broth.

Fun fact: You can also use other fish instead such as salmon and maya-maya.
Sinigang na Bangus sa Miso from The Red Crab Alimango House
Photo from Facebook | The Red Crab Alimango House

Here’s a recipe from Panlasang Pinoy:


  • Milkfish (Bangus)
  • Mustard Leaves (Dahon ng Mustasa)
  • Chili (Siling Pansigang)
  • Onion
  • Kamatis
  • Miso (Soybean Paste)
  • Tamarind Mix
  • Water

For the procedure, head onto the recipe video by Panlasang Pinoy.

Sinigang na Baboy sa Pakwan

Don’t like your sinigang too sour? Balance out the broth’s sourness with the water and slightly sweet flavors from the watermelon.

Sinigang na Baboy sa Pakwan
Photo from Booky


  • 1 kg. pork spareribs
  • 2 pcs. red onions (sibuyas na pula)
  • 4 pcs tomatoes (kamatis)
  • 2 liters water
  • 1 kg watermelon (pakwan)
  • 2 pcs taro root (gabi)
  • 1 sachet of Tamarind Mix
  • 2 long green chilis (siling pansigang)
  • 1 bundle of string beans (tali ng sitaw)
  • 1 bundle of water spinach (tali ng kangkong)

For the procedure, head on to Knorr’s website.

Can't find any watermelons or worried that you won't make the recipe right? Head on to Ombu Kusina and try their Sinigang ni Eva (sinigang with watermelon and native vegetables). check your Booky app too if you want up to ₱100 off your bill!
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Now that you have five sinigang recipes to try out, get your chef on and try them out! Or if you don’t have time on your hands or trust your cooking skills, type “FILIPINO” in the Booky app to search for Filipino restaurants that serve this beloved ulam.

Let us know what you think of these dishes when you try them! Tag us on Instagram @bookyapp and don’t forget to use the hashtag #bookymanilawhenever you post photos of your foodtrips with your friends! Happy eating!