October 10, 2009

Prawn Sinigang

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It's definitely fall already. The past few days have been cold and windy that I started bringing my plants inside the house. First to come in are the calamansi tree which has hundreds of tiny fruits growing right now, and the Spanish pimiento which I want to try to continue growing indoors. We've had several consecutive 40°F nights and my tomato plants are now starting to die. The plants still have plenty of unripe fruits, some I already made into green tomato jam which is yummy, btw.

Thinking of ways to use the green tomatoes aside from frying them, sinigang (soup) came to mind. Yes, since green tomatoes are a little bit more acidic than the ripe ones, they are definitely perfect as additional souring agent for sinigang. I used a packet of frozen young tamarind leaves and together with some vegetables from my garden I made prawn sinigang, very yummy.

homegrown vegetables: tomatoes, sweet and hot peppers, sitaw

Prawn Sinigang
4 cups rice water or water
souring agent such as fresh tamarind, young tamarind leaves, or kamias
4 large ripe tomatoes, cut into wedges
4 green tomatoes, cut into wedges
yardlong beans, cut into 1½-inch pieces
2 small Asian eggplants, sliced
1 cup edamame or lima beans
2 green medium-hot peppers (siling haba)
2 teaspoons sea salt or to taste
½ pound prawns
  • Place water and souring agent in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, turn heat down to medium, cover, and let boil for 10 minutes. Add the rest of the ingredients except prawns. Simmer, covered, for 3 to 5 minutes or until eggplants are soft.
  • Add the prawns and cook uncovered until they turn pink or red and completely cooked. Transfer into a serving container and serve immediately with steamed rice and fish sauce.


Sidney said...

One of my favorite dishes !
Delicious !

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the idea of using green tomatoes in Sinigang. Now, I know what to do with the ones I harvested before the cold snap.

Oggi said...

Cel, I have so much tomatoes, both ripe and green, they are practically coming out of my ears.:D

i♥pinkc00kies said...

one of my favorites too... sinigang!!!!

Anonymous said...

How does your calamansi plant fare indoors during winter? I'm thinking about growing them but wasn't sure how they did indoors during winter.

Oggi said...

The tree did very well indoors the first 3 years; bore fruits 2x every year. Last winter all the leaves fell off but with a little pruning and citrus fertilizer in spring the leaves grew back and the tree now has plenty of tiny fruits. Because it's in a planter it takes really long for the fruits to grow big and mature though.

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