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Speedy Pork Sinigang

Photo: Jeffery Cross


Serves 4

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
  • 3 canned plum tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 1 pound pork tenderloin, silverskin removed*, meat cut into 1-in. chunks
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • Thinly sliced green onions, for serving
  • Lime wedges, for serving

Nutrition Information

  • calories 341
  • caloriesfromfat 32 %
  • protein 37 g
  • fat 12 g
  • satfat 5.6 g
  • carbohydrate 21 g
  • fiber 2.9 g
  • sodium 1587 mg
  • cholesterol 110 mg

How to Make It

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Ladle into bowls, sprinkle with green onions, and serve with lime wedges on the side.

  5. *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.