5 Ways To Level-up Your Dishes Using Sinigang Mix

Sinigang mix isn't only for sinigang!
sinigang in a shallow bowl
  • Updated as of April 20, 2023 by Camille Georgia Uy.
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The premade mixes at the supermarket are meant to be handy ingredients in the kitchen. One of the handiest packets you will find has to be the sinigang sa sampaloc mix.

The sinigang sa sampaloc mix is really useful. If you have ever tried to make sinigang sa sampaloc using fresh sampaloc or tamarind, you know how much of the fruit it takes to come close to the sour flavor that you will taste in a packet. The packet not only makes cooking the many versions of this sabaw dish easier, but it also makes adding the flavor of sampaloc to other dishes easy, too.

Here are ideas you can try especially if you’re a fan of sinigang sa sampaloc

1 Stir into rice. 

sinangag flavored fried rice or sinangag na sinigang rice in a shallow yellow bowl
Photo by Dairy Darilag

If you spoon the sinigang soup all over your fried rice, this is one hack you need to experience. This sinigang fried rice or sinangag na sinigang recipe (we dare you to say this fast) is loaded with the sourness of the sinigang na sampaloc, and it even has bits and chunks of the vegetables you might be missing in the soup, too. 


2 Make soup! 

vegetable sinigang
Photo by Roselle Miranda

We normally use the sinigang sa sampaloc mix to make a variety of sinigang dishes. However, did you ever think to use it just to make the soup? Why not? Pinoys love sabaw, and if there’s one sabaw that’s classically delicious, it’s the sinigang sa sampaloc. Plus, with a mix, it’s super easy to do. Just follow the packet instructions on how to dissolve the mix into water and then simmer until completely dissolved. 

You can even toss in a few of your favorite vegetables into the soup to make this veggie sinigang recipe that’s a side dish you’ll love to be served with every fried ulam you cook. 

3 Add to rice noodles. 

pad thai
Photo by Patrick Martires

Pad Thai is one of the most popular Thai street food; it packs big flavors and is easy to make, too. This dish is a classic one that marries the sour notes from the tamarind with the sweet flavor from the palm sugar and salty taste from fish sauce. Tamarind paste is best found in the international section of the supermarket but if you can’t find that ingredient and have a packet of sinigang sa sampaloc, it’s just a quick mix into the sauce. Try it with this chicken and shrimp pad-thai recipe!


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4 Make a tangy sauce!

fried pomapano or pampano topped with a tamarind sauce
Adding tamarind sauce to fried pompano is like a deconstructed sinigang twist..
Photo by Miguel Nacianceno

Sauces can actually be soups in a more concentrated form, so sinigang mix makes a delicious sauce as well. Try making a tamarind sauce with the soup mix by simply heating it in less water than you normally would use for soup. Stir in tomatoes, onions, and even a few siling haba or finger chilis for that classic but gentle heat that only becomes stronger when you mash it. It’s best paired with mildly flavored fish, like this grilled tilapia, fried pompano, or even this peanut-crusted lapu-lapu fillet.

5 Flavor grilled meats.

tamarind caramel glazed shrimp on a plate with lemon slices
Photo by Michael Chua

Grilled meat is usually already super flavorful. That’s all thanks to the marinade, the basting sauce, or the glaze that you brush on the meat after it’s been charred over hot charcoal. Make a tangy marinade or sauce using the sampaloc mix together with a few other ingredients to change the flavor of your grilled meals, like we did in this tamarind shrimp skewers recipe and this roast tamarind chicken recipe.


Where to Get Sinigang sa Sampaloc Mix

Ready to try these sinigang-sa-sampaloc-mix-inspired dishes yet? Here are some local sinigang sa sampaloc mixes you can get online:

Maggi Magic Sinigang sa Sampalok Mix, available on Lazada and Shopee. (Looking for the best sinigang mix? This brand was one the winners of the Yummy.ph 2022 Good Food Awards!)

Knorr Sinigang sa Sampalok Mix, available on Lazada and Shopee.

UFC Sinigang sa Sampalok Mix, available on Lazada and Shopee.

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