Pork Buto-Buto Sinigang sa Usbong ng Sampalok

Sinigang is a typical Filipino sour soup dish prepared from any acidic fruit like tamarind. In this recipe, my Nanay uses tamarind young leaves (usbong ng sampalok) to make the soup sour. My Tatay freshly picks the young leaves from the tamarind tree in our backyard and chopped them to intensify the sourness when cooking.

My other decides to use pork buto-buto to give a more flavorful tasty soup. The taste is not too acidic nor too salty just right to have a fish sauce with sili sigang on the side. And while you savour the sinigang and rice for lunch, it is also best to have a cup of the hot sinigang soup upon eating.

I never thought that this cool rainy Friday will be made special and it’s been so comforting eating what I’ve grown up, cooked especially by my mother.

Pork Buto-Buto Sinigang sa Usbong ng Sampalok


1 kg Assorted Pork Buto-buto

1 -2 bowl Usbong ng Sampalok
2 -3 medium Tomatoes
a bundle of Kangkong
10 pcs small Gabi
2-3 cups of rice washing
Salt and fish sauce to taste
Long green chilli (sili sigang)


  1. On a pot, cook the pork in rice washing until tender. Add more water as necessary.
  2. Add the gabi, let simmer until tender.
  3. Add the usbong ng sampalok, tomatoes and sili sigang.
  4. Season with salt and fish sauce to taste.
  5. Turn off the heat and add the kangkong leaves.
  6. Serve hot with rice.


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