Sinigang na Baka (Beef in Sour Broth)

Sinigang na baka is one of my favorites. It is a sour but tasty dish. The tamarind paste is very delicious and I am sure you’re going to love it.

* Estimated Time: 1 hour


  • 1 kilo beef, cubes (for stewing)
  • 12 pieces tamarind (sampaloc)
  • 1 big onion, diced
  • 6 big tomatoes, quartered
  • 2 pieces radish, sliced
  • 4 pieces gabi, peeled & cubed
  • 1 bundle sitaw (stringbeans) (cut into 2? long)
  • 1 bundle kangkong (cut into 2? long)
  • salt and patis (fish sauce) to taste
  • water


  1. Place the tamarind in a small pot then bring to a boil or until the tamarind is softened. Pound and strain the juices then set aside.
  2. In a casserole, bring beef to a boil, place in lower heat then simmer for an hour or until the beef is tender. Take out all scum that rises to the surface.
  3. Add onions, tomatoes and tamarind juice.
  4. Add gabi then simmer for a few minutes.
  5. Add string beans (sitaw) and kangkong stalks.
  6. Add kangkong leaves then serve.
  7. Season with salt and patis to taste then serve.