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July 1, 2012

Salmon Sinigang ( Salmon in Lemon Based Soup)

Despite my love affair with cookbooks,  I seldom consult them when I cook. I like the spontaneity and creativity in constructing dishes from scratch. The amounts and tastes are mostly my estimation.

Friday night dinner was salmon sinigang. I have been using salmon in my sinigang  since I learned that rendered salmon oil adds rich flavor to soups. I was at the grocery Thursday and found salmon head and scraps in the shelf. My sis and I had been craving for sinigang so I bought the fish instantly.

What is sinigang? It is a Filipino dish of meat or seafood which uses sour as the base of the soup. Although the original recipe calls for tamarind, I use lemon juice each time I make sinigang as lemons are readily available in stores and markets year-round.

2 heads of bok choy or Chinese cabbage,  base trimmed, stems and leaves separated
Onion, peeled and thinly sliced
2 medium-size tomatoes, sliced
1 green finger chili, cut into 3 slices
1 Salmon head and about 200 g of scraps
Juice of 1 lemon
salt  to taste

To give the soup a rich flavor, I cooked the salmon head with the scraps.

Place the salmon head and scraps in  a pot. Add the sliced onion, tomatoes and finger chili.Pour
2 - 2 1/2 cups of water. Season with salt. Bring to a boil over med heat.

Add bok choy and lemon juice.  Simmer for an additional 5  minutes.

 Taste. Adjust the seasoning if needed.

 Ladle into a bowl. Enjoy the flavorful soup while hot! We did!

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