Food is a required part in a traveler’s itinerary, not only due to necessity, but also because of the unique adventure that food has to offer. It’s a beautiful thing to experience a country’s culture in ways other than seeing and being with the people, and there is no doubt how enjoyable an experience it is to taste the product of decades old process. Recipes revised and revisited, memories of thousands of families dining together, all in one deliciously steaming SINIGANG pot.
SINIGANG (Filipino Sour Broth) is one of the many traditional dishes that has been and will continue to be revisited by Filipino families. It’s a classic and an all-time favorite soup or stew that is distinguished by its pleasantly sour yet savory flavor. Traditionally, this distinct flavor is made by boiling and crushing tamarind (sampalok), the juice of which is crafted into the stew. Sometimes, uncrushed tamarind is also added to increase the sourness. There are also various other alternatives to tamarinds such as calamansi (Philippine lime), unripe mango, and guava, all of which create a wonderful variation in the more classic taste of SINIGANG.
In SINIGANG FESTIVAL, a variety of popular SINIGANG dishes will be featured like sinigang na baboy, sizzling sinigang, sinigang na hipon, sinigang na bangus, corn-beef sinigang, and a lot more. Some of the unique innovations of sinigang dishes include sinigang sa ube, strawberry sinigang, sinigang na corned beef, and sinigang na baboy with guava and pineapple.
If you ask anyone along the streets in the Philippines what their favorite souped dish is, you will most likely hear SINIGANG as their choice. It’s one of the most commonly known dishes found in Filipino restaurants and street eateries in the Philippines and even North America.
Simple, yet timeless, SINIGANG is a dish that best represents the culture of Filipinos. It describes the humility of the Filipino lifestyle and at the same time, highlights the versatility of the people. SINIGANG has been around for many years, and it is likely to be passed down through future generations.