Red Sini-what? I have to admit, I was a disbeliever when I saw the Del Monte Red Sinigang commercial run on TV. I’ve eaten all sorts of sinigang variations, from the traditional to the snazzy Corned Beef and Lechon varieties, but one with Del Monte Tomato Sauce? Really?
“But sinigang usually has tomatoes,” my brain argued. So Del Monte Tomato Sauce in sinigang shouldn’t be a stretch right? I got curious after that, so I dove into the task of trying out Del Monte Red Sinigang enthusiastically. A part of Del Monte’s Red Movement, this dish aims to make the traditional sinigang tastier and more malinamnam with the additional of Del Monte Tomato Sauce as a replacement for fresh tomatoes.
Most of the recipe requires that you prepare your sinigang how you usually would. The only difference is the addition of Del Monte Tomato Sauce as a replacement for fresh tomatoes, but everything else is the same. The final product, however, was far from the ordinary. Sure, it tastes like sinigang, but it’s a richer, heartier and more flavorful version of the original. The tangy flavor from Del Monte Tomato Sauce lets the pork’s natural meatiness and the freshness of the vegetables shine through.
Del Monte’s Red Sinigang is a welcome addition to any family’s home cooking repertoire. It’s not a replacement for your usual sinigang. Sometimes, you’re just craving for the pure asim of classic sinigang. But this version creates an interesting new dish that you’ll surely enjoy!
Del Monte Red Sinigang
- 1/2 kilo pork belly, cut into chunks
- 1 small onion, sliced
- 1/2 Tbsp patis (fish sauce)
- 1 200g pouch Del Monte Original Style Tomato Sauce
- 2 1/4 cups water
- 1-2 pcs siling haba (finger chili)
- 100 grams radish, peeled and sliced
- 3 pcs okra, sliced diagonally into two
- 1 bunch kangkong (swamp cabbage), leaves and tender stalks only
- 1 Tbsp Sinigang Mix powder
- In a heavy saucepan, combine pork, onion, fish sauce, water and Del Monte Tomato Sauce. Bring to boil then simmer covered for 30 minutes or until pork is tender.
- Add radish and sili. Continue simmering until radish is almost cooked.
- Add okra and continue simmering until done.
- Add kangkong and sinigang mix. Stir until kangkong wilts. Serve while hot.
Hungry for more? Check out the Del Monte Kitchenomics Website for more ideas on how you can enliven your usual everyday dishes with the creative addition of Del Monte Tomato Sauce. Just look for the Tomato-based, Tomato Best badge for exciting new riffs on the old classics.