Last week, my entire household came down with the flu. We were tired, achy, and in need of some good old comfort food. And for us, that is sinigang, a Filipino soup that is sour and salty and filled with tender pork and hearty vegetables.
I love using my crockpot to make this soup because it requires very little preparation (which is a relief since I used to spend hours checking on a simmering pot of soup). Here I also provide a list of substitutions because not all the ingredients are easy to find in North America.
I made a short video to show exactly how I made this soup, with a few cameos from my kids of course.
There are three keys to a good sinigang: broth, meat, and vegetables.
- Fish sauce (or salt)
- Sinigang packet mix (Mama Sita)
- 1 tomato
- 1 onion
- 1 lb pork belly
- 1 lb pork stew cubes
- chinese long beans
- Chop tomato and quarter the onion. Put in the slow cooker with cubed pork belly and stewing pork. Cover with water
- Cook in the slow cooker for 6 hours on low or 4 hours on high.
- Stir in chopped daikon (quarter rounds) and long beans (1 inch). Add soup mix (or lemon or tamarind paste)
- Cook for another hour
- Stir in spinach and adjust seasoning. Simmer 5 minutes.
- Serve with rice.