How to Make Sinamak

Sinamak is Iloilo’s version of spiced vinegar. This condiment derives its appeal and zest from several spices that were combined and soaked in vinegar for several days to several weeks.

Sinamak (Spiced Vinegar)

This spiced vinegar is a good condiment for grilled and fried foods. Chicken Inasal, one of Iloilo’s famous chicken dishes, is best eaten with Sinamak. Some dishes in our recipe roster can be more enjoyed if eaten with this spiced vinegar too. Here are a few of them:
Fried Bangus, Fried Tilapia, Inihaw na Liempo, Grilled Isaw, Pinoy Fried Chicken, Ukoy, Lechon Kawali, Tokwa’t Baboy, Chicharon Bituka, Tuyo, and Inihaw na Pusit.




2 to 3 cups vinegar (use white, cane, or coconut vinegar)

1 cup bird’s eye or Thai chilies (dried or fresh will do)

3 tablespoons ginger, sliced

1 head garlic

3 teaspoons whole peppercorns

1 medium size white onion


1. Combine whole peppercorn, ginger, garlic, onion, and chili in a clean container (usually an empty bottle of liquor). Shake well to distribute the ingredients.

2. Fill the bottle with the vinegar of your choice then tightly cover the bottle.

3. Shake the bottle lightly and store in a safe place for at least 3 days. The longer the storage time, the spicier the vinegar will become.

4. Serve as condiment for fried and grilled foods


  1. It’s my first time to do this. My husband loved it the first time he tried it but after a few days in the bottle the garlic turned green. Is this common? Or did i do something wrong?

  2. aaron bermudez says:

    yehey!!!! tamang tama sa singkamas at papaya
    tnx sa nag share!!!!!!!!

  3. very interesting read. been always getting mine from the market but since we’ve been growing thai and local chilis, ginger and black pepper, now’s the time to test this recipe out

  4. Thanks a lot for posting this sinamak and chicken inasal. Can’t wait to try it for a big family dinner. More power and God bless!

  5. tamang tama ito sa pritong tuyo, thanks for sharing..GOD BLESS>

  6. Can’t wait to try it!!!!!

  7. i love sinamak. it is a staple that i make sure i never run out of. though you can make your own sinamak, i prefer to buy from the market. i’m in the philippines which is why i don’t run out of it here. being in the us, you must surely miss a lot of our local favorites. no worries, i’m sure when you come home for a vacation you will have your fill of all things good and pinoy. i like your blog, kudos to you!

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