I have listed a simple recipe of sinigang from the internet, which describes the receipe as I heard it word of mouth. Again, this was not articulated verbatim - it was sort of rattled off in between conversations in the party without any real precision or exactness. So I leave that articulation to someone else for the moment. In hopes you can get a taste of the dish's essence, I can only describe my interpretation via this culmination of experience with this dish. My only recipe instructions I can give you is something along the lines of, "Gather the ingredients, chop it up, throw them in a large pot and simmer until ready." That is as good as it gets here.
- Heat the vegetable oil in a skillet over medium heat. Stir in the onion; cook and stir until the onion has softened and turned translucent, about 5 minutes. Season with salt. Stir in the ginger, tomatoes, and pork chops. Cover and reduce heat to medium-low. Turn the pork occasionally, until browned. Pour in the water and tamarind soup base. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat. Continue simmering until the pork is tender and cooked through, about 30 minutes. Stir in green beans and cook until tender.
My distant cousin and her mother cooked a batch of sinigang to feed us for days at the Merienda. The back story here is that my distant aunt had not visited my family for quite some time since my Grandmother died. My Grandmother was her surrogate mother home away from home. My cousin some how lured her in via cooking the sinigang to come out to spend time with the family. Although my cousin started cooking the dish, my aunt happily finished while correcting her approach of course. How very Filipino mommy of her : ) This dish was definitely made and shared with a lot of love. In the very least, not many words were spoken. Nothing needed to be said. It was the dish, although disparate in nature throughout the many villages and miles away from home, it brought the families together.
Recipe courtesy of: http://allrecipes.com//Recipe/pork-sinigang/Detail.aspx
Word of mouth version from Lynn Tadeo and Verma Tadeo
Reference definition of sinigang: http://pendrille.wordpress.com/2009/05/04/cooking-disasters-with-makiel-sapalicio-sinigang-na-baboy/