Pork Vegetable Soup with Lemon

J. White Harris


This delicious soup is inspired by Pork Sinigang (Sinigang Na Baboy) that I first tasted in the Philippines. It is full of vegetables and the lemon juice gives it a very interesting depth of flavor. If you like lemon you should enjoy this lemon flavored soup.

The lemon grass and ginger are optional, the soup is still good without them. If you can’t find the daikon radish make it with just the rutabaga. Fish sauce can be found in the oriental section of many markets or in oriental food stores but you can use salt instead. Discard the lemon grass, ginger, and hot peppers, they are for flavor.

★★★★★ 1 vote
6 to 8
30 Min
1 Hr
Stove Top


1 Tbsp
olive oil
1-1/2 c
chopped onion
2 clove
garlic, chopped
6 medium
tomatoes, quartered
lemons, squeezed for juice
2 lb
pork loin, cut into bite size pieces
6 c
pieces lemon grass, bruised with a malat or rolling pin (optional)
4 slice
dime size, ginger (optional)
2 c
daikon radish, peeled & diced
rutabaga, peeled and diced
1 lb
greens, chopped (spinach, chard, kale, etc.)
fresh whole hot green peppers
1 Tbsp
patis or salt to taste (patis is fish sauce)


1Saute onion in oil until translucent add garlic and cook 1 minute longer. Add tomatoes and lemon juice. Add pork and cook till browned, no longer pink.
2Add water, ginger, and lemon grass. Bring to a boil and simmer until pork is tender. When tender, add the radish and rutabaga and simmer until fork-tender.
3Add the green vegetable, whole hot peppers, and salt or patis to taste. Cook for another 5 to 7 minutes. Serve hot.

Remove and discard the lemon grass, ginger, and hot peppers.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Other Soups
Main Ingredient: Pork
Regional Style: Filipino
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, Healthy