Couple of teaspoons vegetable oil
1/2 to 1 small onion or 1 shallot, sliced thin
2 cloves garlic minced or crushed
1 Fish bouillon cube (Knorr makes a great product)
2 1/2 cups boiling water
1 cup yard long beans, winged beans or regular green beans, cut into 1 inch pieces
4 fresh Calamansi (or 2 tbsp juice)
1 tomato, peeled and chopped
1 tsp. toyo (Filipino soy sauce), regular soy sauce or oyster sauce
1 tbsp. patis (Filipino Fish sauce) or other fish sauce
Fresh black pepper to taste
1/2 lb. your favorite white fleshed fish
1/4 lb. sea scallops (cut in half if they are large)
1/4 lb. large shrimp, shelled and deveined
1 cup Kangkong (Water Spinach), or regular spinach
6 oz Asian egg noodles, pre-cooked in salted water
1. Heat the oil add in the onion or shallot and the garlic, quickly cook for 30 seconds. Add in the stock cube and pour in the boiling water. Mix well to dissolve the cube. Then add the beans, calamansi juice, the tomato, the soy or oyster sauce, the fish sauce and season to your taste with the black pepper. Bring to a boil and simmer for 5 minutes.
2. If you are using the water spinach add that at this time (if using regular spinach wait to add until the last minute), cook for 5 minutes. Add in the seafood and continue to simmer for 3 minutes, then add the water spinach or spinach. If you are using regular spinach, add this at the end of cooking with the cooked noodles, heat for no more than a minute. If you are using the water spinach, add the noodle at the end of cooking and warm through. Serve hot.
Really, though the seafood is pretty traditional, sinigang really just means a soup or dish cooked with sour fruit, there are version that replace the seafood with pork or just add cooked pork to the above recipes. Okra, Daikon and Asparagus are all imported ingredient that have made their way into the sinigang pot as well.
You can make this without the noodles or serve the noodles in the soup bowl and ladle over the hot soup. You make this with other type of noodles, like cellophane.
You can add in other ingredients, like cherry tomatoes, mild chilies, fresh or dried mushrooms, I've even seen a sinigang recipe made the strawberries!
You make it more sour by adding some tamarind or replace the calamansi the tamarind altogether.
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