Sinigang na Isda: A Sour Fish Soup
Milkfish or bangus is the fish most commonly used in cooking fish sinigang. Maya-maya, dalagang-bukid, talakitok, kanduli or any fleshy fish is just as good. I used maya-maya fillets for this version.
Sinigang is a sour soup. The main ingredient may be meat or seafood. Mashed and strained tamarind is usually used for flavoring the broth of meat sinigang. Guava is a better choice for seafood sinigang. This dish also features a variety of vegetables that may include include kangkong (water spinach), sitaw (stringbeans), talong (eggplants), okra and gabi (taro). Long green chili beans are usually added to spice up the broth.
3/4 kilo of fish
1 onion, diced
2 tomatoes, diced
1 head garlic, minced
2-3 pieces of taro, peeled and cut into 2×2-inch cubes
1 bunch of kangkong (leaves and upper stalks only)
1 bunch kamote tops (leaves only)
2 eggplants, sliced
1 green chili pepper
1 pack of “sinigang” mix (I used tamarind-based) good for 1 liter of soup
1 tbsp. cooking oil
salt or patis (salted fish sauce)
How to :
Cut fish into serving pieces. Set aside.
Heat oil in a big saucepan or casserole. Saute garlic. Add onions, chili pepper and tomatoes. Stir until onions are transparent and tomatoes start to crumble. Add 1 liter of water and salt or patis. Add taro. Bring to a boil. Simmer until taro is almost tender. Add the eggplant and simmer for 5 minutes. Pour in the sinigang mix. Next, add the fish and simmer for 5-10 minutes, depending on how big your fish pieces are. Add kangkong and kamote tops. Simmer for another minute then remove from heat and transfer to a serving bowl. Serve immediately.