Did you know that Sinigang was ranked as the World’s Best Vegetable Soup?
Sinigang is just a thing of comfort. It’s a staple in most, if not all, Filipino households. It’s something that everyone in the country has so often that it doesn’t even need any more introduction. You probably would even bet everything on the fact that your mom makes the best sinigang.
And yes, we do agree that nothing can ever compare to your mom’s cooking. But when mom’s not around here are a couple of options around Metro Manila for your sinigang fix. Don’t worry, we promise won’t tell her!
Fresh Corned Beef Sinigang with Chorizo – Cafe Juanita
Cafe Juanita has been a neighborhood favorite for many years. In spite of the restaurant boom in the Kapitolyo area, this place still manages to pack itself to the brim due to its classic Filipino dishes, kitschy details, and eclectic and over-the-top Asian-inspired interiors. The Bagnet Salad, Kare-Kare, and Corned Beef Sinigang with Chorizo are must-tries!
Sinigang na Baboy in Guava and Pineapple – Mesa
This isn’t your usual Pork Sinigang; this one is simmered in broth with guava and pineapple used as its souring agents. The use of guava gives this dish a creamy texture, while the pineapple lends a vibrant, tropical flavor that makes it more exciting than you ever thought sinigang could be! Spot this dish at Mesa – a modern Filipino restaurant that is loved by young and old.
Sizzling Sinigang/Kimchinigang – Locavore
Locavore, is known for reinventing traditional Filipino dishes using local ingredients and French techniques. Their best-seller, Sizzling Sinigang, is a deconstructed sinigang made with beef short ribs in a Sampaloc-infused gravy on top of a sizzling plate. And if that’s not enough, they also have Kimchinigang — a more out-there reimagining of sinigang with its use of silken tofu, kimchi, and arugula!
Sinigang na Corned Beef – Sentro 1771
Sentro’s Sinigang na Corned Beef is what made this restaurant popular among its loyal customers. It’s not as weird as it sounds because they use actual beef and not the canned one. They use brisket and simmer it until soft and tender, it goes perfectly with the savory soup and the crunchy vegetables. Always a must-order when you’re at Sentro!
Sinigang Paella with Grilled Pork Belly – Neil’s Kitchen
Neil’s Kitchen in Alabang has pulled off a creative execution of the beloved dish. Their unique Sinigang Paella with Grilled Pork Belly is a meal on its own. The paella rice has that familiar sour taste that plays extremely well with the smokiness of the grilled pork belly.
Sinigang Beef Sukiyaki – The Lost Bread HQ
You probably know The Lost Bread from their stall in Megamall and food parks around the Metro — this is the bigger and better version. Aside from the over shakes, The Lost Bread HQ serves specialty French toasts, unique desserts, blue soft serve ice cream, and a special all-day modern Pinoy brunch menu that includes a Sinigang Beef Sukiyaki risotto. Read our full feature here.
Asimbull (Bulalo Sinigang) – Bullchef
This hip Bulalo spot in Kapitolyo is famous for its affordable Bulalo meals, but what stood out the most on their menu is the asimBULL, also known as the Bulalo Sinigang. It takes the best part of a bulalo – the delicious and sinful bone marrow – and combines it with sinigang broth. Each spoonful is an explosion of flavor! Tip: You can request to adjust the sourness and spice level for that extra kick.
Sinigang na Beef Short Rib & Watermelon – Manam
Formerly known as Namnam, Manam is known to specialize in Filipino comfort food. One of their unique and must-try dishes is the Sinigang na Beef Short Ribs & Watermelon. The watermelon cubes add a refreshing hint of sweetness to the sour soup, creating a nice and comforting balance that lingers on your taste buds.
Kanin Club started out as a humble restaurant in the province of Sta. Rosa, Laguna. Two of their best-sellers are undeniably the Sinangag na Sinigang and Liempo–a Sinigang converted into fried rice and liempo. Their rice has that familiar “sinigang taste” in it, but the addition of tempura-fried vegetables and thin slices of pork belly gives it a nice new twist. It’s so good— you have to try it to believe it!
Sinigang sa Ube – Abe
Pantone Color of the Year, anyone? Abe’s Sinigang sa Ube is a must-try. The yam gives the soup a purple hue and makes the consistency of the soup thicker than usual, it also adds a different kind of sweetness that balances well with the sourness of Sinigang.
Kurobuta Pork Sinigang – Mamou
Mamou is well-known for its steaks but one should definitely not miss their Kurobuta Pork Sinigang. They use Kurobuta (Japanese black pig) instead of the usual pork and they stew it in Sampaloc broth, together with fresh country vegetables. Another twist to this dish is that they serve it with bagoong!
Sinigang na Lechon with Strawberry – Empacho
Empacho is a restaurant and bar that serves modern comforting Filipino dishes like Lechon Belly, Roasted Pork Belly Bao, Spicy Tamarind Chicken Wings, and Smoked Blood Sausage. Their tempura-battered balut with micro arugula salad and salted egg aioli is a must-try, as is their Sinigang na Lechon with Strawberry — a recipe borrowed from Baguio.
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