Sinigang na Baka

    1 hour

    Simple beef, vegetable, tamarind based soup that we eat over rice! A meal in itself!

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    Serves: 6 

    • 30 ml (2 tbsp) canola oil
    • 1 large onion, chopped
    • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
    • 455 g (1 lb) beef stew meat, cut into 1 inch cubes
    • 945 ml (1 quart) water
    • 2 large tomatoes, diced
    • 225 g (1/2 lb) fresh green beans, rinsed and trimmed
    • 0.5 medium head pechay (bok choy), cut into 1 1/2 inch strips
    • 1 head fresh broccoli, cut into bite size pieces
    • 39.5 g (1-1.41 ounce) package tamarind soup base

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Ready in:1hr 

    1. Heat oil in medium stock pot. Saute onion and garlic until tender. Add beef to pot, and saute until browned. Pour in water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer 20 to 30 minutes.
    2. Place tomatoes and green beans in pot, and continue to simmer for 10 minutes. Stir in pechay (bok choy), broccoli and tamarind soup mix. Simmer for an additional 10 minutes.

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    My husband is Filippino and this is one of the MOST DELICIOUS traditional meals he has ever made for me! Some things he does differently: We use pork instead of beef. You can also use shrimp. We leave the oil out (healthier that way) and cook in this order - Combine water, onions, and tomato. Bring to a boil for about 5 minutes. Then add tamarind soup base, pork, and green beans. Cook for one hour. Add bok choy, cover, and reduce heat for about 10 minutes and serve over rice. An entree'? we do not need one! We love this too much to mess it up with anything on the side! We sometimes also add radishes. Sounds disgusting, but it's REALLY great!  -  22 Jul 2005  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I tried the recipe, it was good but it needs a little more souring. Anyway, if you want to make it spicy, add green na sili, also I'd suggest gabi to make it a little thicker. The vegetables my mom added were kangkong, gabi, tomatoes and sometimes, eggplant.  -  15 May 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Made this recipe on the recommendation of a coworker. What an unusual flavor. Omitted the beef and added okra and taro root. Yum! We put it on top of rice and it was really filling. My mom told me it was the best soup she's ever eaten and my husband gave it the thumb's up!  -  22 Jan 2011  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)