A Filipino Slow Cooker Dish: Pork Sinigang
Many of the dishes comprising Asian cuisine are diverse and thoroughly flavorful - and sometimes quite spicy! As such, at-home cooks and families can enjoy experimenting with different flavors and spices often found in foods from China, Thailand, Malaysia, Japan and India, to name a few. Foods from these countries have been incorporated into many Western dishes, and the flavors have become more familiar and easily recognized over time. But do you know how to cook Filipino food? Curious foodies, or those who are eager to learn, might want to explore dishes from this region to discover delicious meals that taste a little new, a little exciting and, somehow, a little familiar.
Filipino cuisine has been described as a "melting pot" of sorts, combining flavors from China, Spain and other countries. The food swirls together Eastern and Western influences, employing bold flavors, unique methods of preparation and distinctive spices. Adobo is one example of a Filipino method of cooking, which is well-suited to a slow-cooker. The process calls for meat, fish or vegetables to be marinated and simmered in a fragrant broth consisting of vinegar, bay leaves, salt and garlic, among other spices. This can make Filipino cooking ideal for a Crock-Pot® Smart-Pot® 4-Quart Digital Slow Cooker, as it allows meals prepared in this manner to become succulent and absorb all the spices and flavors while enabling you to carry on with your day.
If you're new to Filipino cooking, you might want to bust out your Crock-Pot® Smart-Pot® 4-Quart Digital Slow Cooker and try out Pork Sinigang, a traditional Filipino dish. Pork Sinigang is soup-like in nature and has a unique flavor sometimes described as "sour" due to the use of tamarind and guava. The dish has a similar profile as other regional soups; for instance, those familiar with Thai cuisine might find it to be similar to Tom Yum Soup.
Because Pork Sinigang is broth-based, it can be a healthier alternative to thicker, more buttery Indian curries or coconut milk-based Malaysian dishes. To up the fiber quotient of this fragrant meal, you can whip up some brown rice to serve on the side, which can be easily prepared while the dish is in the final stages of cooking. The vegetables in this main course can add plenty of nutrients and help it feel more hearty, while the spices may intrigue the taste buds.
Putting together a dish like Pork Sinigang can make that weeknight meal more special or allow you to wholly enjoy a Saturday with the family, knowing that dinner will be ready - and thoroughly delicious - by the end of the day. To get a head-start on a busy week, why not simmer Pork Sinigang overnight on a Sunday for a Monday treat to make the day just a bit more special?
- 1 pound pork cuts of choice
- 1 large tomato, roughly chopped
- 1 large white or yellow onion, roughly chopped
- 1 whole jalapeno
- 1 package of Knorr® Sinigang mix
- 2 pieces of gabi, or taro root, sliced
- 1-2 cups of okra
- 1 bunch of chopped spinach
- Fish sauce, to taste
- Add pork, tomatoes, onions and jalapeno to the Crock-Pot® slow cooker and pour in water until pork is submerged.
- Cover and cook on HIGH for 4-5 hours.
- Once pork is tender, add a packet of Knorr® Sinigang mix and the vegetables, stirring to combine.
- Cover and cook on HIGH for an addition 30-60 minutes until the vegetables are cooked.
- Turn slow cooker off or to warm and add fish sauce, salt and pepper to taste.
- Stir to combine and serve over rice.