Feb 19, 2018

The upcoming mythological fantaserye Bagani on ABS-CBN has been making the rounds online, but not entirely for good reasons. It’s been called out for its casting of “half-white” Filipinos to play pre-colonial era characters, and it’s already reached one of the series’ main stars, Liza Soberano.

Twitter blew up over the weekend over her response:

People are now either arguing about what really constitutes being a Filipino, or are, in true netizen fashion, making memes out of Soberano’s tweet.

While the former issue is definitely up for debate, one thing we can be sure of is that sinigang is good. And there’s a reason why a lot of people, Filipinos, half-Filipinos, and non-Filipinos alike love this comforting, sour stew.

Sinigang is a staple at many homes. There are a lot of souring agents you can use to make it—tamarind, guava, santolkamias, and unripe mango, for example—and the meat used with the dish could vary as well. That said, sinigang is quite flexible in terms of ingredients, making it relatively easy to cook and innovate on as well.

That said, we rounded up some of the most unique takes on sinigang around the metro, that we think Liza Soberano would “looooove,” too.

Mamou’s Kurobuta Sinigang

The kurobuta sinigang may look a bit like kare-kare on first glance, but a sip of the broth will prove otherwise. It’s made sour with tamarind, and gets its red color from the Italian tomato sauce mixed into it.

Locavore’s Sizzling Sinigang Beef

Cafe by the Ruins Dua’s 100 Island Sinigang

The 100 Island Sinigang has fish, shrimp, and shell fish in sinigang soup stock with turmeric.

Manam’s Watermelon Sinigang

Neil’s Kitchen’s Sinigang Paella

The paella rice has the sourness of sinigang, paired with grilled pork belly on the side.

Ahi Hawaii’s Tiki Sinigang Fries

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Header image and latest stories image courtesy of Gabby Cantero, shot for Northern Living, August 2015.

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