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Warm Soup for Sweater Weather: Pork Sour & Spicy (Sinigang) w/ Hearts of Romaine

It’s starting to get chilly out, which means it’s time to warm up your kitchen and your stomach with a savory soup.  This is a well-known Filipino dish that has a pleasant taste of savory and tartness.


If you are adventurous enough to try it out, you can get the ingredients at the international aisle of the supermarket, or at pretty much Asian grocery store.  Amazon provides another resource for obtaining gourmet grocery items. This dish is very flexible in terms of ingredients.  As long as you use a Tamarind soup base and romaine lettuce, you can substitute the other vegetables and switch to a different cut of meat if you desire.  Typically this dish goes well with fattier cuts of meat, and there is also version where you can use salmon. If you like Miso soup served at local Japanese steakhouses, then you will like this dish.

Sweater Baby Wants Soup

Prep time: 10 minutes, Cook time – 35-45 minutes
Recipe serves 12 (266 calories with 9 g of carbs per serving)




 Pork rib tips, 2 lb 2489 calories
Redskin Potatoes, 1 lb 327 calories 72 g
Hearts of Romaine Lettuce, 3, remove from stem 90 calories 17 g
Snow/Sugar Snap Peas, 8 oz 85 calories 17 g
Onion, chopped, 1 medium 44 calories 10 g
Portobello mushrooms, 8 oz 59 calories 11 g
Knorr Tamarind Soup Mix, 1 packet 80 calories 16 g
Fish sauce, 2 tbsp 20 calories 2 g
**Chili pepper, 2 (optional)
TOTAL 3203 calories 109 g




  1. Slice the rib tips into 1″-1.5″ pieces between the bones.  Turn on medium high heat and add in the chopped onion and 2 lb of rib tip pieces for browning, usually ~7-10 minutes. You do need to add oil since the rib tips are a fattier cut of meat.DSC_3647.jpg
  2. Adjust to medium heat.  Add in 12 cups of water and the potatoes, since potatoes take a while to cook.  Bring the soup to boil.  Add in the packet of the Tamarind Soup Mix and stir to mix.  Add in the snow peas, mushrooms & Hearts of Romaine.  Stir.20161010_161520
  3. Add 2 tbsp of Fish Sauce, or salt to taste.  If you are adventurous, add in chopped chili peppers for a little kick.
  4. Recipe makes 12 servings.  Usually a serving is around 8 oz of soup by volume.  Serve in a large bowl.DSC_3651.jpg

Let us know if you get a chance to make this delicious soup and how it turns out!