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Chinese broccoli and tamarind soup



It’s really just sinigang, simplified, milder and with none of the traditional vegetables that go into the soup. We were having fried danggit (rabbitfish) and poqui-poqui, and I just wanted a simple soup to go with them — simple to prepare and simple to digest. There was a jar of homemade broth that I had thawed overnight in the fridge so it was just a matter of adding vegetables and whatever additional seasonings it needed.

Chinese broccoli and tamarind soup |

Chinese broccoli and tamarind soup

Chinese broccoli and tamarind soup

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 3 to 4
Author: CASA Veneracion


  • 4 to 5 cups bone broth
  • 1 onion thinly sliced
  • 2 tomatoes diced
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • 1 bunch Chinese broccoli (kailan), no need to cut — just trim the tough ends, if any
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons tamarind paste
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  • Pour the broth into a pot. Add the onion, garlic and tomatoes. Sprinkle in some salt and pepper.
  • Set the stove to medium-low and heat the broth slowly until simmering and the vegetables soften a bit.
  • Stir in the tamarind paste. Taste and add more salt and pepper, if needed.
  • Add the Chinese broccoli, pushing them down gently into the broth. Simmer for another seven to ten minutes.
  • Serve the Chinese broccoli and tamarind soup immediately.
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Chinese broccoli and tamarind soup