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Vegetarian sinigang, tamarind based Filipino style sour soup

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Ingredients:

· 1 Chayote Squash (peeled, seed removed, and chopped into big chunks)

· 1 bunch of bok choy (pechay)

· 1 medium onion (chopped)

· 1 bunch of yard-long beans (sitaw, cut into 1-2 inch pieces)

· 1-2 small blocks of tofu (cut into cubes)

· 2 cloves of garlic, chopped

· 2 vegetable bouillon cubes

· 3 tomatoes (chopped)

· 3 medium potatoes (cut into chunks)

· 5-6 pieces of okra (sliced into 2 inch pieces)

· 1 package of sinigang (sour soup) mix, or 2-3 tamarind pods soaked in warm water with seeds and skin removed, make sure to reserve the liquid for your soup

· 2 hot peppers (leave them whole)

· 7 cups water

Method:

1. Clean and prepare vegetables and tofu as directed

2. Place in a large pot, cover with water and a lid

3. Place on medium heat and cook 20-30 minutes or until vegetable are tender to your liking

4. Serve with steamed rice

Sinigang is a Filipino comfort food and very delicious. This can be made with many different kinds of meat with pork or fish being the main choices, but to make it healthier and just as delicious, use tofu in place of meat. This is typically served with a bit of fish sauce (patis) in a bowl on the side to sprinkle on the food as you are eating it, but you can leave this out if you are a strict vegetarian or you can make a vegetarian version of fish sauce.

This is a very filling meal, and very tasty. You can experiment with adding other vegetable as you like. Sinigang is a classic Filipino meal and every family has their own secret ingredients they add while making this dish.

Enjoy!

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