Sinigang: How to Make Filipino-Style Pork Sinigang

Filipino-Style Pork Sinigang, a sour-tasting soup from the Philippines, is generally served as a primary rice dish. Many individuals create this dish for unique occasions like a birthday or a baptism. But, it is not for any particular purpose; it’s just a popular Filipino culture dish.

Sinigang implies a “stewed dish”, a simple form of “stewing”. Sinigang is considered to be culturally Tagalog in origin, while present nationwide. Therefore, the comparable sour stews and soups discovered in the Visayas and Mindanao are considered to be distinct dishes and vary in the ingredients used.

Sinigang uses different meat like chicken, meat, and pork. There are also version of Sinigang that use seafood like crab and shrimp. 


  • Author: Romae Chanice Marquez
  • Recipe Category: Main Dish
  • Cuisine: Filipino

This is a recipe cooked in sour broth for pork belly soup. It uses a range of vegetables and is best served with a cup of rice on the side when served hot. The whole preparation and cooking time is at least two hours. This recipe serves at least six people. 

Filipino-Style Pork Sinigang

Pork Sinigang is one of the most popular dishes in the Philippines. Photo credits to: @panlasangpinoy

Filipino-Style Pork Sinigang Ingredients

  • 2 lbs of pork belly sliced into cubes
  • 2 to 3 cups of kangkong leaves
  • 3 pieces of long green chili pepper siling pansigang
  • 2 pieces of tomato quartered
  • 1 cup of sliced daikon radish labanos
  • 10 to 12 pieces of snake beans cut into 2-inch length pieces
  • 1 piece of onion, quartered
  • 15 pieces of okra
  • 2 pieces of taro, peeled and cut in half (gabi)
  • 8 cups of water
  • 2 packs of Knorr Sinigang sa Sampalok Mix Original (20-gram pack)
  • 3 tablespoons of fish sauce patis
  • ¼ teaspoon of ground black pepper

Filipino-Style Pork Sinigang Instructions

Step 1: Pour water into a pot. Let the tomato and onion boil.

Step 2: Boil for five to eight minutes.

Step 3: Place the pork in the pot. Boil for about 25 minutes. Stir in the taro.

Step 4: Cover for 30 minutes and continue to boil. Add the mixture of Knorr Sinigang sa Sampaloc, fish sauce, and black pepper ground; stir.

Step 5: Put in the radish of the daikon. Cook for three to five minutes.

Step 6: Add the peppers of chili, okra, and beans. Cook for seven minutes. Fill in the kangkong.

Step 7: Cover the pot and switch off the heat. Let it remain for 5 minutes covered. Transfer to the bowl to serve.

Step 8: Serve with patis and spicy chili in a tiny bowl.

Filipino-Style Pork Sinigang Additional Information

  • Per serving has 799 Calories, 3g of Carbohydrates, 15g of Protein, 80g of Fat, and 19g of Saturated Fat. 
  • Sinigang is most often connected in modern times with tamarind, but it initially referred to any meat or seafood cooked in a sour and acidic broth, comparable to but distinguished from paksiw (using vinegar).
  • Most Filipinos like to use long green peppers to cook sinigang to improve the flavor and add a little spice to the dish. Another variation involves adding miso produced locally.
  • This dish serves at least 6 people.
  • Cook/prep time is at least 2 hours.

About Filipino-Style Pork Sinigang Recipe

Sinigang is often thought to be the Philippines’ domestic food due to how prevalent and how long it has been around, but along with lechon, adobo, and lumpia, it is in the top 10 of the Filipino specialties.

Other Sinigang variations are the following.

  • Sinigáng sa misô (Sinigang with miso added to the soup as the umami element, usually with a tamarind base)
  • Sinigáng sa bayabas (Sinigang that uses guava as the sour soup base)
  • Sinigang sa mangga (Sinigang that uses unripe mango as the sour soup base)
  • Sinigang sa kalamansi (Sinigang that uses calamansi or lemon as the sour soup base)
  • Sinigáng na isdâ (Fish Sinigang)
  • Sinigáng na hipon (Shrimp or Prawn Sinigang)
  • Sinigang na baka (Beef Sinigang)
  • Seafood sinigang (Fish, shrimp, squid, seashells are combined in this soup)


This recipe is only one of the many variations of Sinigang. You can also try out more Filipino dishes by clicking here for more information.

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