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Sinigang is World's Best-Rated Vegetable Soup

Served piping hot.
by Arianne Merez
Aug 3, 2021
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Sinigang, that sour and savory soup that could rival adobo for the Philippines' unofficial national dish, has been rated as the world's best vegetable soup according to traditional food guide TasteAtlas.

The Filipino soup topped other broths in the "best" category with a rating of 4.8 stars.

"With its sour lightness perfectly matching the harsh tropical heat of the country, Sinigang is a unique soup that is a true representative of Filipino cuisine," TasteAtlas said in its description of Sinigang.

While TasteAtlas mentioned the use of water spinach (kangkong), green pepper, cabbage, broccoli, eggplant, diced tomatoes, sliced onions, ginger, green beans, water, oil, and salt as ingredients of sinigang, typical homemade versions of the soup do not use cabbage, broccoli, ginger, green beans, and green pepper.

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Runner-up soups to the Philippines' Sinigang include the Mercimek çorbasi from Turkey, and the Saltibarsciai from Lithuania.

A usual viand in the Philippines, Sinigang can be cooked using different proteins: pork, fish, shrimp, or beef. Souring agents for Sinigang usually vary per region with sampaloc as the most common.

Sinigang is traditionally served hot, paired with rice and dipping sauce of choice--patis (fish sauce) or soy sauce with calamansi and chilies.


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