SALMON SINIGANG

(Terry Flores)

Serves 6 to 8

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 small onion, cut into thin slices

1 to 2 cloves garlic, minced or pressed

Thumb-sized piece of ginger sliced at an angle into four pieces

3 to 4 large tomatoes, quartered

1 large or 2 small banana peppers (leave whole)

3 to 5 tablespoons Patis, Filipino fish sauce (or Nam Pla, Thai fish sauce)

1/2 teaspoon salt

7 cups water

1 cup vegetable broth

3/4 cup yardlong beans, cut into 3-inch segments, or haricot verts or sayote, thinly cut

1/2 pound salmon fillet, skinned, boned and cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces

Juice of 2-3 Meyer lemons, strained

10 ounces leafy greens (Napa cabbage, bok choy, spinach, Swiss chard, kalkalunay, watercress, lamb’s quarters: any one or a mixture will do). Chop into 1 1/2-inch pieces if using larger leaves.

1/4 cup chopped scallions and minced ginger; set aside

1 lemon cut into wedges; set aside

Jasmine rice; follow package instructions for desired serving size. This can cook while the soup is cooking.

Heat oil on medium high heat and then sauté onions and garlic lightly; add ginger and tomatoes and cook until the tomatoes release their juices and are soft, about 5 to 7 minutes.

Add peppers, fish sauce and salt. Then add water and broth. Simmer about 10 minutes. Add green beans and fish and cook another 5 to 7 minutes. Add lemon juice. Stir. Once the fish is just cooked (firm, yet tender inside), float the greens on top of the soup. Turn down heat and cover for 3 minutes to steam. If using cabbage, it may take longer. Turn off heat. Ladle into bowls. Garnish with onion-ginger mixture and lemon wedge. Serve with generous scoops of rice.

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