Beef Sinigang ( Beef in Tamarind Broth)
note: if you can't find young tamarind fruit, just use sinigang mix; I actually use mix most of the time when making sinigang because it's very convenient and easily available. Put as many veggies as you like
  • 600 g beef cubes or short ribs ( it's better to use beef with some bones or fat for a more flavorful broth; I just prefer mine without or with very little fat)
  • 1 large onion
  • 2-3 medium tomatoes, quartered
  • 250g fresh young tamarind fruit
  • okra
  • kangkong (water spinach)
  • green finger chillies
  • string beans ( sitaw)
  • gabi (taro)
  • fish sauce ( patis)
  • rice water ( optional)
  1. Put rice water if using or plain water, tomatoes and onion and tamarind in a large saucepan or big pot on high heat and bring to a boil. Heat grill and sear beef on both sides;
  2. Take tamarind out of the pan when they're very soft. Put in a bowl and add some water from the pot and mash or pulp it with the back of spoon. Strain and add tamarind liquid to the pot.
  3. Add the beef, green finger chillies and gabi ( taro). Bring to boil on high heat then lower heat to medium and let it simmer until beef is tender.
  4. Add sitaw, if using then the okra; Season with fish sauce to taste and let it simmer/cook for about 5 minutes then add kangkong leaves; cook for about 3 more minutes then turn off the heat. Serve hot with steamed rice! Happy Eating!
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