Am I the only Filipino who's not a fan of sinigang?

Philippines
May 20, 2010 10:39am CST
I know that sinigang is one of the well-loved dishes in the Philippines but I must admit I don't enjoy eating it. Maybe it's because I was raised in Cebu where my household NEVER served sinigang. I grew up eating tinola, adobo, nilaga, caldereta, mechado, etc. But never sinigang. The first time I tried sinigang was in college in Manila where I honestly thought I was served spoiled nilaga! Even when I got married and my hubby asks for sinigang, I usually make tinola as a substitute. I like sour foods like green mango and all but not sinigang...
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21 responses
• Philippines
20 May 10
really? I love sinigang - pork sinigang or fish sinigang! I love it really sour... That is stange, how come you mistakenly thought that sinigang was a spoiled nilaga? The ingredients are different... In nilaga there is no raddish, okra, egg plant, kangkong... sinigang doesn't have carrots, cabbage, potato, sayote... Anyways, at least now you know... But I suggest, if your husband is asking or requesting for a sinigang better prepare a sinigang not nilaga... If you don't like the taste of sinigang really,then make another viand - prepare two so that you don't need to push yourself in eating the sinigang... I am sure your husband would be very happy if you grant his request...
• Philippines
20 May 10
I never had sinigang na baboy growing up and nilagang baboy was the nearest soupy dish I could associate it with then... But I do know how to make different sinigang versions now. My hubby says my sinigang is good (or maybe he's just indulging me! hehehe.) I try making sinigang using miso, calamansi, green mangoes, and tamarind. I do eat the meat and vegetables but not the sour soup...
@swirlz (3138)
• Philippines
20 May 10
Yeah, you could just make two viands so you could eat something you like. And you know how it is when we crave for something sour...
@dhezrn (98)
• Philippines
21 May 10
Wow that's great at least you still cook for you hubby even if you don't sip the soup! Yeah I totally agree with swirlz.. When I have PMS I super crave for sour food.. mangga, sinigang, santol.. etc.!
@Theresaaiza (10454)
• Australia
21 May 10
I! Well not that I don't like it, I do, but I just don't see it as my all-time favorite. There are many dishes in the Tagalog regions that I don't actually appreciate being a bisaya myself. Well I go mostly for something which is a bit sweet. Like adobo sweetened with a bit of brown sugar or honey, or barbecue smeared with spicy-sweet sauce....
• Philippines
21 May 10
come to think of it, most of Visayan soy sauce based dishes are laced with sugar! whenever I cook adobo, I always add brown sugar or mascovado. Watch out diabetes, here I come!!! lol!
@agv0419 (3029)
• Philippines
21 May 10
I love sinigang too I grew up in Manila but both of my parents are Ilonggo my Mother learned to cook some Tagalog dishes. Most of the time she always cook laswa than sinigang. The only sinigang I hate is Sinigang sa Bayabas I don't like the smell of guava in sinigang.
@Theresaaiza (10454)
• Australia
22 May 10
I'm not really closing my doors. It just takes a lot of getting used to probably! By the way, kare-kare? It's just not for me. I just can't see how I'd learn to love that dish. Or maybe I just tasted it from an awful cook, that's why. LOL
• Philippines
21 May 10
Hello watergirl, Well, it's a Filipino Cuisine and i ate it often when there's no food to cook. frankly, i also feed some of my pets with it adding some rice on the sinigang soup. i have ate sinigang since i was a kid since my mom had visitors a lot often back then. as for you, it's part of growing up, you should get used to one of the dishes someday. as for i don't eat liver unless it's cooked in dinuguan.
• Philippines
21 May 10
your pets like sinigang too? that's nice! I have a shih tzu and she only eats pedigree. hmm, I wonder if Buffy would like some sinigang soup... Regarding dinuguan, I found it odd Tagalogs like it sour too (or is it just my husband who puts vinegar on dinuguan?)
@pabreen (237)
• Philippines
21 May 10
Hi watergirl, You know when I'm not feeling well my husband would cook sinigang na baboy or sinigang na bangus and I would drink plenty soup and I would feel better. Probably because of its sour taste, and the vitamin C taken from this food.
• Philippines
23 May 10
Hahahahaha. You're not the only one. My boyfriend hates Sinigang! Me on the other hand just loves it and could actually eat sinigang every single day. That's why when I cook for the two of us, I would cook sinigang for me, and then have something fried for him. LOL. He just hates it, I have no idea why, I guess he doesn't like sour foods.
• Philippines
23 May 10
Nice! Your boyfriend is lucky to have a girlfriend as considerate as you are!
@juggerogre (1659)
• Philippines
21 May 10
For me it depends on what was used for its sour taste. I will eat it unless they use santol or guava. I really don't like the taste but my parents and siblings love them.
• Philippines
21 May 10
I haven't tried sinigang sa santol. But I love to eat santol with salt. wow, I never realized there were so many pampaasim for sinigang!
• Philippines
21 May 10
Oh my. I love sinigang- pork, beef, fish- I love their variety! This is my favorite vian. I so love the vegetables that come along with it. The sour taste, especially if it is made with natural tamarind, or cook by my grandmother, hmmm it is to die for. I guess you're just not a fan of sour soup, since you eat other sour foods. You don't like the sour soup on rice. Yeah, I remember, I stayed in Cebu for a month, and I remember dining at Sutukil, they have available sinigang menus for fish there. And my other Cebuano friends also loves sinigang as well.
• Philippines
21 May 10
The last time I went to Sutukil was in high school... back then, they only served Sugba-Tuwa-Kilaw (SUTUKIL). oh, I miss Cebu... I miss the Sinugba (grilled fish), Tinuwa (lemon grass fish tinola) and Kinilaw (raw fish bits with vinegar and spices). I guess I'll make some this weekend...
• Philippines
21 May 10
Well I understand that since you were not used of eating it in the first place that is why you don't like the taste. My mother is an Ilokano so basically her tongue is already used of eating veggies and bagoong (sauteed shrimp paste or the other one which is brown in color). If I ask her that we eat bread or pastry or something new to her taste, she will really refuse to go to that restaurant. She would still stick to eating the food from the North. The tongue really knows , if what we eat is palatable to us or not. But when we get to eat that certain food again and again, we will get used to it. Like for example, before I don't seem to eat chilly or spicy foods. But ever since I married an Indian, I really adjusted my taste bud into their spicy and chilly dishes. Now, I am the one who is good in cooking their dishes and hubby complements me of preparing the dish very well, thanks to him because he is a good teacher and chef
• Philippines
21 May 10
I can relate to your mom... And lucky you to have a good teacher-chef husband!
@angelajoy (1839)
• Philippines
21 May 10
I don't like sinigang too, but only because I'm so tired of eating it. People in my house like it so much that we often have it for lunch and dinner. I liked it the first time that I ate it, but now I'm so sick of eating it. I'd rather eat tuyo or salted egg with fried rice.
• Philippines
21 May 10
ooh, I love dried fish and salted duck eggs with tomatoes!
@elvieb02 (696)
• Philippines
21 May 10
How can you not like sinigang?! Oh my God! I like it very much specially if sampalok is used. I like it with pork or bangus, or beef. Well, everybody has its own likes and dislikes. no problem with that :-)
• Philippines
21 May 10
I guess I'm just not used to sinigang... yet.
@gloryacam (5546)
• Philippines
21 May 10
hi watergirl! of course you're not the only filipino who doesn't like sinigang. just like, not all filipinos love adobo, or not all koreans like kimchi, or not all italians like spaghetti. you get the picture :) me personally, i love sinigang na baboy, but not so much a fan of seafood sinigang, except, maybe shrimp.
• Philippines
21 May 10
Thanks for reassuring me that it's pretty normal... I guess some dishes are acquired tastes.
@bloggeroo (2171)
• Philippines
21 May 10
Sinigang is a dish popular in the Tagalog region. Since I was born and raised in the Metro Manila, my taste buds are accustomed to this sour soup. But when I moved to Cebu, I learned that tinola was more popular than sinigang. So suddenly, no more sinigang on Sundays. Anyway, recently I got to taste this dish again after a long, long time. And of all places, I was served sinigang in Japan. Apparently, my taste buds still remembered the experience so I enjoyed my meal really well.
• Philippines
21 May 10
wow, good for you! "shinigangu ha oishi desu ka?" Sinigang must be good to have on a cold winter night in Japan...
@dhezrn (98)
• Philippines
21 May 10
I love sinigang!:) I just love sour food. However, if your hubby asks for something similar to sinigang, try cooking TOM YAM. In my opinion it almost feels like sinigang, but it's not too sour. You may add a little lemon to let it have a little citrus taste, but still it's not too sour. Try it! There are Tom Yam packets that you can buy at the local supermarket.
• Philippines
21 May 10
tom yam is thai food, right? I haven't tried cooking that before. Maybe I will try to learn how...
@swirlz (3138)
• Philippines
20 May 10
I like the soup of the sinigang better than of tinola. I love the sour taste, especially the sampalok and kalamansi types. Maybe you should just try to venture out on the other kinds of "pampaasim". Maybe you'll find something that you'll like.
• Philippines
20 May 10
I've tried tamarind, calamansi, miso, green mango. Of all the "pampaasim" I've tried, I couldn't like guava any less. I do love to cook and experiment with ingredients. But you're right, there must be a "pampaasim" that will make me love to eat sinigang. thanks!
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@kenites (337)
• Philippines
20 May 10
It's seems ironic since the one who introduce me to sinigang is my wife who is a Cebuana :) I was raised and brought up here in Mindanao specifically in the province of Agusan del Norte. Like you the soup that I used to was just a plain tinola. Yah I love soup very much. Although my first try of sinigang was not really good but I liked it later on.
• Philippines
20 May 10
Occasionally, I would cook sinigang but I would only eat the veggies. My hubby can have all the soup! hehe.
• Philippines
24 Oct 10
Hahaha. I think the "spoiled nilaga" comparison is spot on. :p I love sinigang though. The fattier the pork, the better! :p Talk about healthy living huh? :p Speaking of Tinola --- my wife has this weird trip. She eats tinola with... wait for it... wait for it... ketchup. :p hehehehe. She swears it's delicious but I never tried it. I guess to each his own eh? :)
@atv818 (1988)
• United Arab Emirates
2 Aug 10
Don't worry. I'm not a fan of sinigang also because it is too sour for my taste. As for my kids, they extremely love this this whether it is pork, chicken, shrimp, or fish. Don't know why but they are addicted to it. Sometimes, it makes me wonder if they are really my kids or got switched at birth. Hahaha!
@TheAdvocate (2395)
• Philippines
21 May 10
I was not a fan of sinigang too, and chicken adobo, right until I ate Sinigang Corned Beef at Sentro. I suppose its a matter of taste. I was brought up in the Philippines eating the same kinds of food that you do, but I still prefer pasta. Why? I really do not know since we only eat pasta for merienda (snacks).
@danitykane (3192)
• Philippines
21 May 10
really? oh.. I love sinigang! All variants/kinds of it. I rarely know anyone who doesn't like it. My favorite is siningang na hipon (shrimp cooked in tamarind) I also love pork sinigang.
@acey76 (1278)
• Philippines
21 May 10
Well,thats odd, ilove sinigang especially when you have patis with calamansi and sili....well maybe its because you are not used to sinigang =)
@Cutie18f (9564)
• Philippines
21 May 10
I like sinigang too but not really a fan of it.