Sinigang na Hipon sa Sampalok (Tamarind Soup)

Sinigang na hipon sa sampalok or shrimp in tamarind soup is a well-balanced recipe with very high nutritional value. It’s a mixture of shrimp, leafy vegetable, beans, root crop and tamarind extract. This recipe is very easy to prepare since shrimp cooks rather very quickly. In fact we have to cook the beans and root crop first before putting in the shrimp. Just take advantage of modern technology by using tamarind extract of any brand then everything else is easy. But if available in your market, you can always extract the tamarind juice from the unripe tamarind fruit the olden way if you prefer it. Unripe tamarind fruit is so hard to find these days and sometimes too pricey when available in supermarkets. Try my sinigang na hipon sa sampalok recipe and let me know your thoughts. Enjoy!

Prep Time: 10 minutes | Cook Time: 20 minutes


  • 500 grams shrimp, cleaned
  • 1 cup radish cut thinly diagonally
  • 5 pieces Okra cut 2 inches diagonally
  • 1 cup string beans cut 2 inches
  • 2 tomatoes quartered
  • 1 bundle water spinach (kangkong leaves)
  • 1 onion quartered
  • 3 pieces green chili pepper
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce (patis)
  • 1 pack sinigang sa sampalok mix original or with gabi (taro)
  • 1 liter water or rice washing

Watch Sinigang na Hipon sa Sampalok Cooking Video on YouTube

Cooking Procedure

  1. Boil water and add the tomatoes, onion, radish and string beans. Cover pan and cook for 2 minutes then add the okra.
  2. Wait for the water to boil again then add the shrimps, fish sauce and sinigang sa sampalok mix.
  3. Turn down the heat and cook for 5 minutes.
  4. Turn off the heat and add the water spinach (kangkong leaves) and green chili pepper.
  5. Serve hot with steamed rice and dipping sauce of fish sauce with crashed native red chili.

Makes 4 to 5 servings.

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