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Sinigang na Baka sa Bayabas in a serving bowl with a plate of steamed rice and a dish of patis on the side
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Sinigang na Baka sa Bayabas

Beef Sinigang with guavas is the perfect way to warm up! This Filipino soup has a light and refreshing taste yet is hearty and nourishing. It's delicious on its own or with steamed rice!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time2 hours
Total Time2 hours 10 minutes
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Filipino
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 311kcal


  • 2 pounds boneless beef shanks, cut into serving pieces
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 onion, peeled and quartered
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 3 Roma tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 pound (about 10 to 12 pieces) large ripe and semi-ripe guavas, peeled, quartered, and seeded
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 small bunch kangkong


  • In a pot over medium heat, combine beef shanks and water. Bring to a boil, skimming scum that floats on top.
  • When the broth has cleared, add onions and fish sauce.
  • Lower heat, cover, and cook for about 1 /2 to 2 hours or until meat is tender.
  • Meanwhile, peel the guavas and cut in half. With a spoon, scoop out the seeds and combine with one cup water of in a bowl. Mash with the back of a spoon to extract pulp and strain in a fine-mesh sieve. Discard seeds and set aside the juice.
  • Add tomatoes, guavas, and guava pulp. Continue to cook for another 7 to 10 minutes or until softened and has imparted flavor to the broth.
  • Trim about 2 inches from the kangkong stalks and discard. Cut kangkong into 3-inch lengths, separating the sturdier stalks from the leaves. Add to the pot and continue to cook for about 1 minute or until just wilted.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot


Use a combination of ripe and still green guavas for a good balance of sour and sweet taste.


Calories: 311kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 53mg | Sodium: 470mg | Potassium: 1400mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 1465IU | Vitamin C: 397mg | Calcium: 85mg | Iron: 4mg