Sinigang na Pata (Pork Hock in Sour Soup)
If you intend to serve the sinigang as a soup (meaning you have another dish for the main course), then, the important thing is to have the best quality broth you can make. That means bones — lots of bones. If, however, you intend to serve the sinigang as the main dish, you need meatier cuts of pork. Otherwise, you’ll be practically serving rice with broth and vegetables and very little meat. But there is an alternative to all that confusion, the sinigang na pata. Pork hocks deliver tasty soup, so let us make a soup great pair as the main course and a regular soup.
- 2 pounds Pork Hocks, fresh
- about 10 cups water
- 1 onion, sliced
- 1/2 lb. green beans
- 1 lb. bok choy, sliced
- Tamarind soup mix (sigang mix)
- Salt & Pepper to taste
Place pork hocks in a large pan and add 10 cups or enough water to cover, and boil until tender. Skim off the scum from the top as it rises (or if you forget to check as I did, pour off the scummy water and start anew). When the pork is tender, add the onions and sigang mix and let it cook a few minutes. Adjust the seasoning. Add green beans and cook until almost tender; then add the bok choy, cook for one minute and turn off the heat so as not to overcook the vegetables.