Sinigang na Hipon is a Filipino sour soup dish, with shrimp as the main ingredient. Sinigang pertains to a method of cooking soups that incorporates souring agents.
Sinigang na Hipon is easily prepare by cooking the shrimp and vegetables in boiling water. The souring agent (whether natural or in powdered form) are added in the middle of the process. The commonly used souring agent is tamarind. However, other fruits such as guava, tomato, bilimbi (known as kamias), green mango, pineapple, and wild mangosteen (santol) can also be used.
Similar to the previous sinigang dishes that we featured (Sinigang na ulo ng Salmon and Pork Sinigang), Sinigang na Hipon is best eaten with rice with fish sauce (patis) on the side. I usually cook this dish whenever I feel nostalgic or when the weather is cold. For example: today, the temperature is dropping again somewhat signaling for the coming of winter.
For those of you who are trying this dish for the first time, it is recommended that you use shrimp with shell head on because the flavor is still intact. Using shrimps without shell and head has lesser flavor.
Try this comforting Sinigang na Hipon recipe and let me know what you think.
Sinigang na Hipon Recipe
- 1 1/2 lb shrimp (with head)
- 1 bunch water spinach (kangkong), cut in 3 inch length
- 1 cup string beans (sitaw), cut in 2 inch length
- 2 pieces medium-sized tomatoes, quartered
- 1 large white onion, quartered
- 8 cups water
- 1 pack sinigang mix (tamarind soup base mix), about 1.4 ounce
- 2 pieces banana pepper (or long green pepper)
- 3 tbsp fish sauce (patis)
Watch the cooking video:
- Pour the water in a large cooking pot and bring to a boil
- Add onions and tomatoes and cook until texture becomes soft
- Put-in the sinigang mix and simmer for 2 minutes
- Add the banana pepper and string beans and simmer for 3 minutes
- Add the shrimps and fish sauce then simmer for 5 minutes
- Add the water spinach, turn the heat off, and cover the pot. Let stand for 5 minutes.
- Serve hot. Share and Enjoy!
Number of servings (yield): 4