These Are the Best Versions of Sinigang in Manila
This hearty sour soup is a Filipino favorite for good reason.
(SPOT.ph) If there’s any Filipino dish we find ourselves craving time and time again—most especially when it’s cold out—it’s sinigang, the tangy, well-loved soup that some have even lobbied for the title of being the Philippines’ national dish. And why not? Nothing warms the soul (and our bellies) quite like soup can, certainly not when you add the brightness of a souring agent (tamarind, kamias, guava, and the like); tender beef or a flavorful fish; and a variety of fresh vegetables that add earthiness and extra textural variety. With the quintessential bowl of rice and dipping sauce (usually fish sauce, calamansi, and the like; siling labuyo optional), you’ve got yourself a meal that’s as humble as it is spectacular for its mix of flavors that's as vibrant as it is comforting on a rainy night. A couple of local restaurants make great versions that you can even order for delivery, and we’ve rounded them up in this list.
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Slurp away with these standout sinigang dishes that you can order in Manila:
Kurobuta Sinigang by Mamou
Kurobuta pork from Japanese black pigs is hailed for its darker meat and richer (read: close to beefy) taste, and it makes for an absolutely stellar Kurobuta Sinigang (P595) at Mamou. Here, Kurobuta pork chunks are stewed to a melt-in-your-mouth tenderness with country vegetables in a tamarind soup base that’s got a balanced sourness and slightly thick body. You can send Mamou a message on social media or give them a call to have this on your dining table.
Sinigang na Hipon sa Sampalok by Corazon
Corazon makes a must-try Sinigang na Hipon sa Sampalok (P430) that hits all the right spots. The soup packs a punch in the sourness department, thanks to the acidity of the tamarind plus the tanginess coming from the strips of green mangoes. The broth also gets some sweet and briny flavors from the shrimps' shells and heads—talk about a flavor bomb. You can find this Filipino restaurant on Foodpanda.
For orders, find Corazon on Foodpanda. You can also check out their Facebook page.
Sinigang sa Ube by Abe
Ube may be best associated with desserts, but its starchiness also makes for a lush and thick sinigang that sticks to your ribs in Abe’s Sinigang sa Ube (P555). Don’t let its naturally purplish hue scare you; this take on sinigang got the highest spot in our 2015 list of Top 10 Sinigang in Manila for its sweet-meets-sour soup base, tender pork with just the right amount of fat, and vegetables that retain their vibrancy. You can give them a call or send them a Facebook message for direct orders, or find them on GrabFood, Foodpanda, or Pickaroo.
Sinigang na Salmon sa Miso by Romulo Cafe
Sinigang sa miso is another popular variation of the dish which gets its zing and added umami from the fermented paste. One of our favorite restaurant versions is Romulo Cafe’s Sinigang na Salmon sa Miso (P478), which features succulent salmon-belly pieces and peppery mustard greens that balance out the richness of the fish. Go ahead and pick up that phone to place an order.
Sinigang na Beef Short Rib and Watermelon by Manam
Manam takes a page from the Kapampangan art of adding watermelon to sinigang in their Sinigang na Beef Short Rib & Watermelon (starts at P280/small). Between the tender short ribs and subtle sweetness from the watermelon, it’s not hard to see why this relatively unconventional take on the sour soup is one of Manam’s bestsellers. You can easily place an order on Moment Food’s website.
Asimbull by Bullchef
Bullchef brings together the worlds of Filipino soups bulalo (bone marrow stew) and sinigang in their Asimbull (P480). The rich, beefy bulalo stock gets a thick, tangy-sweet treatment from the addition of fresh tamarind, gabi, onions, and tomatoes. But that's not all: You also get bone marrow in every order, which is always a plus in our book. They’re on Foodpanda, but you can also give them a call for orders.
For orders, contact 7617-2133 or 0977-8471120 or find Bullchef on Foodpanda. You can also check out Bullchef’s Facebook page.
Sinigang nga Bangus ti Bayabas by Victorino’s
Using bayabas (a.k.a. local guava) is another popular way Filipinos vary up sinigang; the fruit adds a distinctive tropical aroma and subtle sweetness that you can’t get any other way. One restaurant that does this style really well is Victorino’s; their Sinigang nga Bangus ti Bayabas (P590) also made it on our 2015 Top 10 Sinigang in Manila list, thanks to the fatty milkfish and full-bodied, almost creamy soup. You can give them a call to place an order and book a courier for delivery.
For orders, contact 7738-6576, 0939-915-2750, or 0977-363-1044. You can also check out Victorino’s Restaurant’s Facebook page.
Corned Beef Sinigang by Sentro 1771
Sentro 1771 veers away from tradition and infuses a Western element—their own corned beef, that is—into sinigang in their famous Corned Beef Sinigang (P682). While modernized Filipino fare tends to get a bad rep, this is one well-executed exception that even made it to our Top 10 list. The savory taste of the cured brisket melds beautifully with the sharpness of the sampalok broth and the fresh vegetables. You can give them a call for orders.
Sinigang na Bagnet by XO 46 Heritage Bistro
How about a version of sinigang that would make you dance a la Carson (Maja Salvador) in I'm Drunk, I Love You? Yup, the succulent Ilocano pork dish is the star of XO Heritage Bistro's Sinigang na Bagnet (P471/small, P927/medium, P1,388/large). The thick tamarind-based broth is slow-cooked to bring out its tangy flavor, which goes well with the juicy chunks of sinful crispy pork belly (that's cooked for 72 hours!) and the array of vegetables. You can message them via Facebook or Instagram to place an order.
Sinigang na Baboy sa Pinya at Bayabas by Mesa
For a delightfully zingy take on sinigang, try Mesa’s Sinigang na Baboy sa Pinya at Bayabas (starts at P350/standard). It’s slightly tangy and sweet—roughly comparable to Vietnamese canh chua—which makes it totally crave-worthy even when it’s hot out! Mesa also makes versions of the soup with bangus belly (starts at P385/standard) and shrimp (starts at P375/standard). Mesa is on GrabFood, but you can also order by joining their Viber group.
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