I love rice and so does my husband. We try to find different ways to prepare and enjoy this wonderful food. Through time, we found hundreds of recipes, some simple and some exotic, and have enjoyed preparing them. We've found some real winners, which I have published on this blog and some that are not so great, which are in my personal "do not" repeat folder. I have created this site to share those memorable dishes - which are all about this wonderful food called "rice".

Filipino Sour Shrimp Soup (Sinigang na Hipon)

In the Philippines, like many in the Pacific Islands, soups play a main role in their food culture.  These soups are poured over rice, making a substantial meal.  This is a very versatile soup.  The broth, tomatoes and shrimp are the base.  There is no limit to the vegetables.  Use whatever you have on hand (brocolli, carrots, cabbage, okra, etc.)  You can also make it spicy by adding green chillies. Different regions and families have numerous versions.  Try it out using the basics and then play around with what suits you. 


1 lb shrimp in shells
8 cups water
2 fish or shrimp bouillion cubes
2 tblsp tamarind paste
2 tomatoes (quartered)
1 small bunch fresh spinach leaves (trimmed)
1 cup green string beans (trimmed)
1 medium onion (quartered)
1 cup dikon radish (cut in chunks)
2-3 green chillies (optional)
Salt or Patis (fish sauce)
Steamed jasmine or basmati rice

In a deep pot, add water, bouillion, tamarind paste, onion, tomatoes and dikon radish.  If using the green chillies, add those at this time.  Bring to a boil for 15-20 minutes until daikon becomes translucent, stirring occasionally.  Add the green beans and continue to cook for another 10 minutes at a low boil.  Add the shrimp and cook for another 5 minutes.  When the shrimp becomes a dark pink and opaque, season with salt or patis and the fresh spinach.  Turn off the heat and allow the spinach leaves to wilt approximately 3 minutes.  Scoop rice into a deep bowl.  Add shrimp and vegetables with plenty of broth for a soupy consistency.  Season with additional salt or patis if needed. Enjoy!

Note:  For additional variety, you can add fresh fish (i.e. trout, sea bass, cod, etc.)  Change out the vegetables if you like. This is great with eggplant and okra.

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