Sinigang has not just conquered Filipinos’ hearts, but the hearts of people across the globe.
The beloved, classic Filipino dish has landed the top spot in Taste Atlas’ ranking of vegetable soups around the globe. Sinigang got a rating of 4.8 out of 5, just a few points higher against Turkey’s Mercimek çorbası (lentil soup) which scored 4.6, and Lithuania’s Šaltibarščiai (Lithuanian Cold Borscht), which scored 4.5.
Image: Goodah Sinigang na Baboy
Taste Atlas is an “encyclopedia of flavors,” describing itself as a “world atlas of traditional dishes, local ingredients, and authentic restaurants.”
In an article, Taste Atlas described the classic Filipino soup: “Sinigang is a sour Filipino soup consisting of sampalok (fruits of the tamarind tree), water spinach, green pepper, cabbage, broccoli, eggplant, diced tomatoes, sliced onions, ginger, green beans, water, oil, and salt. The basic broth usually consists of rice washing, with the addition of a souring agent. Ingredients such as pork, fish, milkfish, shrimp, chicken or beef may also be added to the soup.”
According to the food guide, sinigang is a “true representation” of Pinoy cuisine, writing: “With its sour lightness perfectly matching the harsh tropical heat of the country, sinigang is a unique soup that is a true representative of Filipino cuisine.”
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