Philippine native soup sinigang was titled the Best Soup in the World by the 2021 Taste Atlas Awards.
The annual food awards by international food database TasteAtlas named the local favorite was once again as the No. 1 soup, having a worldwide rating of 4.63 out of 5 stars.
Sinigang, a sour Filipino soup consisting of sampalok (fruits of the tamarind tree), is “traditionally served hot and steaming as a main dish, with rice as its accompaniment,” according to the website.
"It is an often-seen dish at special occasions, such as birthdays or weddings; and over time, as the dish became more popular, there were new variations that used guava or raw mango instead of sampalok," it added.
Moreover, the site listed six local restaurants that have the “best sinigang” in the country namely: Locavore Kitchen & Drinks, Romulo Cafe, SENTRO 1771, Abé, The Aristocrat Restaurant, and Fely J’s Kitchen.
Taste Atlas highlighted that sinigang is "a unique soup that is a true representative of Filipino cuisine." In 2020, sinigang was also Taste Atlas' best vegetable soup, earning an overall rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars.
Four other soups that made it to the Top 5 were:
Ciorbă de fasole cu afumătură (Romania)
Shoyu ramen (Japan)
Mercimek çorbası (Turkey)
Tonkotsu ramen (Japan)
Lumpia, another Filipino favorite, ranked second in the top side dishes. Taste Atlas described it as a "simple and flavorful Filipino finger food that evolved from the Chinese spring rolls."
Sisig and adobo also ranked 72 and 81 respectively in the 100 best eats worldwide. The food database rated sisig 4.4 and adobo 4.29 out of 5 stars.
Pola Rubio is a news writer and photojournalist covering Philippine politics and events. She regularly follows worldwide and local happenings. The views expressed are her own.
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