Friday, May 15, 2009

Sinigang sa Palaisdaan



What could be more fitting than a hot sinigang soup while basking in the cool mountain breezes of Mount Banahaw? At Palaisdaan in Tayabas, where country dining is at its best, this bowl of sinigang na lapu-lapu (grouper, also locally known as inid) energized us after a long drive.

Most Filipinos think our archipelago is an "adobo country" but some food historians argue that sinigang should be considered as the national dish as it seems to be more indigenous to the Philippine islands than adobo. The word "adobo" has a Spanish origin that it is vaguely has some colonial connection to Spain.

For non-Filipinos, sinigang is a sour soup similar to sayur asam of Indonesia, Thailand's tom yam, and canh chua from Vietnam. Its flavor comes from tamarind which gives it a sour but refreshing taste. Sinigang is meat (fish, pork, shrimp or beef) stewed with tamarind, green pepper, tomato and onion. Vegetables cooked in sinigang include okra, taro corm, radish, string beans, eggplant and water spinach.

15 comments:

Mari said...

Yeah, adobo is of Spanish origin. It is a seasoning or marinade. And there are some sold in small jars at the condiment or spices section of stores here.

Anyway, I got hungry with the picture of your sinigang...really. I can't have a snack. It's close to midnight already.

Anya said...

I love sinigang but I don't eat fish kaya most of the time, beef, pork or shrimp ang sinigang na kinakain ko, hehe.

caryl said...

yum! madalas kong lutuin yan. :)

Enchie said...

another perfect combination!
"basking in the cool mountain breezes of Mount Banahaw" with matching wooden sandok. at home na at home ang feeling!

iska said...

what can i say?
i love adobo but sinigang has always been my comfort food :-)

julie said...

Tamang-tama ito sa malamig na tag-ulan :)

Pacey said...

Wow, you were at Mt. Banahaw? what a great place to be. I love the sinigang but not much asim, can't take the asim mukha, LOL!

Arlene said...

Burp! Busog after a bowlful of fish sinigang food. :)

This reminds me of the fish sinigang i had early this week. :)

♥peachkins♥ said...

Wow,yan din ang lunch namin kanina.Fish sinigang..

Willa said...

hay..i can eat sinigang everyday, hindi ako magsasawa, sabaw pa lang, ulam na!

yen said...

oi, na miss ko ang sabaw!!! cool

Bette said...

ay, ulam namin yan kanina :D.

Jay - agent112778 said...

me love lapu-lapu too

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Sreisaat said...

Yan ang paborito ko!



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Ladynred said...

Sarap ng sinigang! Fish is good!