January 22, 2014

Pinugutang Hipon

"Anyway, like I was sayin', shrimp is the fruit of the sea. You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, saute it. Dey's uh, shrimp-kabobs, shrimp creole, shrimp gumbo. Pan fried, deep fried, stir-fried. There's pineapple shrimp, lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp, shrimp soup, shrimp stew, shrimp salad, shrimp and potatoes, shrimp burger, shrimp sandwich. That- that's about it." 
~Bubba (Forrest Gump)

If you're from Rizal province, you're probably familiar with pinugutan. Pinugutan or Pinugutang hipon is a sour soup made from shrimps (head removed) and vegetables. This healthy soup gets a hint of natural sweetness from kamote (sweet potato) and kinapal (sweet tamarind). I recommend to pair it with crispy fried fish... hmmm so yummy!

2 cups shrimp
3 to 4 cups water
2 medium size gabi (taro), cubed
2 medium size kamote (sweet potato), cubed
1 small labanos (raddish), sliced
7 pieces okra, halved
2 thumb size ginger, sliced
1 shallot or red onion, sliced
1 kinapal (sweet tamarind paste ball)
1 bundle kamote tops or kangkong
2 Tbsp canola oil or any vegetable oil
1 Tbsp fish sauce
salt and pepper to taste

1. Wash the shrimp with running water, drain. Remove the head of the shrimp. Gently pound the shrimp head, add small amount of water to extract the juice. Drain. Set aside the extracted juice.

2. Put a little oil in a pan. Saute the onion and ginger. Once the onion becomes translucent, add the shrimp. Season it with fish sauce.

3. Add the extracted shrimp juice and water. Cover the pot. Bring to a boil. 

4. Meanwhile, put the kinapal in a bowl. Put a little warm water (about half cup) and gently squish it by hands or mash it. Strain to remove the seeds. Set aside.

5. Once the soup is boiling, add the gabi (taro) and kamote (sweet potato). Cook for about 10 minutes.

6. Add the labanos (raddish), okra, and the kinapal extract. Season with salt and pepper.

7. Mash some kamote and gabi to make the soup slightly thick and sweet. 

8. When the vegetables are already cooked. Add the kamote tops. Cover and cook for a minute. Turn off the heat.

9. Serve with rice and fried fish. Share and enjoy!

1. If kinapal is not available in your area, you may use green mango, fresh tamarind, kamias, or other souring agent. Or if you want to make it simple and easy, just use sinigang mix or bouillon. But personally, I still prefer the natural one.
2. You may also add other vegetables like sitaw (string beans), toge (bean sprout), and talong (eggplant).
3. Some uses freshly catch fish like mud fish instead of shrimp, they called it binarutak. I never tried it but I'll make it soon.

Yield: 3-4 person

Happy day always,


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