My daughter had a long term break over the weekend and we headed out to the beach for some rest and relaxation. Some rain is fine â€“ it cools, it calms and it nourishes the plants that produce the oxygen we breathe. But too much rain is a real damper â€“ it rained at least 48 hours straight! After the dominoes, game of LIFE, video games, DVDâ€™s, books, etc. you just wanted to join the closest Association of Active Mold Spores! It was so wet and humid that you could just breathe in your daily suggested intake of 8 glasses of waterâ€¦ What to eat on such a rainy weekend? A large bowl of steaming hot sinigang na sugpo (spicy prawn soup). I posted an earlier recipe for tamarind broth made from scratch but there was no tamarind in the Nasugbu market the other day so I bought two packets of sinigang mix or powder. I boiled up some rice water (the cloudy water from rinsing rice grains) threw in chopped onions and tomatoes and let this simmer for a while. I then added some long beans, eggplants and daikon radishes.
It didnâ€™t taste sour enough so I added the juice of four calamansi (calamondin) fruit and added several dashes of patis (fish sauce). Finally, when the broth was ready I added half a kilo of medium sized prawns and cooked that for 2-3 minutes and added a bunch of cleaned kangkong (water spinach) leaves. Serve in individual bowls with lots of steamed rice and a side dish of fish sauce and calamansi. Yum. This is one of my all time favorite comfort foods ever. I tried to photograph it with the pool in the background showing all the raindrops but it didnâ€™t come out that clear. Suffice it to say the environment was extremely damp when we had this soup. You can replace the prawns with many different kinds of fish such as bangus, talakitok, etc. I used to make this soup when I lived in the U.S. many years agoâ€¦thank goodness for the powdered sinigang mixes. Though making the broth from scratch really does taste markedly better. I just noticed that the tamarind tree behind the house has tiny new fruit and the rains have brought a lot of new leaf sproutsâ€¦I should make a sinigang with the leavesâ€¦a more subtle sourness I am told.