This deliciously sour Filipino soup traditionally involves hours of simmering. To make it weeknight-friendly, we've replaced long-cooking pork ribs with bacon and pork tenderloin, and used apple cider vinegar and lime instead of harder-to-find tamarind.
4 slices bacon (4 oz.)
1/2 onion, sliced into half-moons
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh ginger
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons brown sugar
4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
2 tablespoons fish sauce
1/4 pound green beans, halved crosswise
1/4 pound daikon radish, peeled, halved lengthwise, and thinly sliced
Cook bacon in a large saucepan over medium-high heat until lightly browned but not crisp, 3 minutes. Drain bacon on paper towels. Meanwhile, add onion to bacon fat in pan and cook until beginning to soften, about 4 minutes. Add ginger and garlic and cook until softened and fragrant, about 2 minutes. Chop bacon.
Add vinegar, brown sugar, broth, fish sauce, green beans, daikon, and tomatoes. Increase heat to high and bring mixture to a boil. Cook until beans are almost tender, about 5 minutes.
Add pork, reduce heat to medium, and cook until pork is cooked through, about 4 minutes. Stir in bacon and spinach and turn off heat.
Ladle into bowls, sprinkle with green onions, and serve with lime wedges on the side.
*Silverskin is the shiny, translucent membrane covering the meat. To remove it, insert a sharp knife under one end, pull it up toward you so it's taut, and slide the knife under to cut a section free. Repeat to finish trimming.
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This is an amazingly tasty and simple dinner, but you do have to enjoy sour taste! I didn't have a daikon radish but it was the only thing I left out. I put a good handful of the baby spinach in each soup bowl and then poured the soup over it. Even held up well for second day reheat for lunch.
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