I was eager to try out the new sinigang mix I got from my aunt so I went to get some ribs and marrow — for added flavor, of course — the other day. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any gandus (taro) at the grocery store. But I did get some hearts of romaine lettuce. Sinigang is one of the easier Philippine dishes to make — only thing simpler may be the nilaga. Basically, you throw meat and water into a pot, let it simmer until tender, add the mix and maybe some salt, if needed, then the vegetables and you’re all set.
You do have to watch for the first simmer and skim the top with a big spoon to remove the brown stuff that bubbles up, otherwise it turns gross. I had to make sure I had newly cooked rice AND soy sauce to complete the meal.