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9 Best Filipino Recipes With String Beans Sitaw

by Joost Nusselder | Updated:  October 20, 2022

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Sitaw is a popular vegetable in the Philippines, and it’s used in a lot of dishes. It has a slightly bitter taste that can be tempered by cooking it with the right ingredients.

Check out our list of the best recipes that include this tasty vegetable! You’re sure to find something you love.

Best Filipino recipes with string beans sitaw

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Best 9 Filipino recipes with string beans or “sitaw”

Chicken pochero

Filipino style chicken pochero recipe
The Chicken Pochero recipe is not at all different from the original pork pochero since it still uses the saging na saba, pechay, cabbage, tomato sauce, chickpeas, chorizo de bilbao and made brothy by chicken broth.
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Chicken Pochero Recipe

The Chicken Pochero recipe is not at all different from the original pork pochero since it still uses the saging na saba, pechay, cabbage, tomato sauce, chickpeas, chorizo de bilbao and made brothy by chicken broth.

This dish, with the kind of ingredients that it has, can either be a simple viand served to a family lunch or dinner or it can also be a mainstay in a fiesta or celebration because of its thick texture which is always perfect to partner with rice with soda or juice on the side.

Again depending on personal preference, this particular chicken pochero recipe can take many forms, one can skip the chorizo de bilbao and use some other sausages instead, replace the chickpeas with green peas or change the saging na saba to sweet potatoes if one is still looking for sweetness.

Ginataang Alimasag crabs

Ginataang Alimasag crabs with coconut milk
The coconut milk is the ingredient that makes this Ginataang Alimasag recipe tasty, in that it brings out the flavor of the other ingredients which include alimasag, sitaw, and squash.
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Ginataang Alimasag crabs

The coconut milk is the ingredient that makes this Ginataang Alimasag recipe tasty, in that it brings out the flavor of the other ingredients which include alimasag, sitaw, and squash.

Another mainstay of this recipe is malunggay (moringa) leaves which can be accessed either in your backyard or can be bought from the market.

Sinigang na Hipon sa Sampalok

Sinigang na Hipon sa Sampalok Shrimp
In Sinigang na Hipon sa Sampalok, there will be two main ingredients; these are the shrimps and the souring agent Tamarind or Sampalok. In cooking your sinigang sa hipon, it is important that you keep the head of the shrimp since this is where the seafood-y taste of the dish will come from.
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Sinigang na Hipon sa Sampalok Shrimp Recipe

This sinigang recipe is very easy to follow.

Serve this during the summer as the sourness will shoo away the heated surroundings or serve it in the rainy season to give you warmth.

Sinigang na baboy

Sinigang na baboy recipe
Serve this pork sinigang recipe with rice and fish sauce on the side. Or on rainy days, you can eat it with dried fish. 
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Sinigang na Baboy Recipe (Pork Sinigang)

With sinigang’s flexibility when it comes to its ingredients, its adaptability to the different tastes of Filipinos, it being a comfort food during the rainy season, and its brothy and homey goodness, you can never deny that the case of sinigang is just too strong.

With this sinigang na baboy recipe, I’ll be introducing you to the many incarnations of this beloved dish!

Ginataang Hipon, Sitaw at Kalabasa

Ginataang Hipon, Sitaw at Kalabasa Recipe
Ginataang Hipon, Sitaw at Kalabasa(Shrimp, String beans and squash in coconut milk stew) is another one of those recipes that uses coconut milk in its list of ingredients.
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Ginataang Hipon, Sitaw at Kalabasa Recipe

A tropical country like the Philippines will never be in want of coconut trees, as it is literally everywhere in the archipelago.

So, it is not really surprising that we have several dishes with coconut milk or “gata” as its main ingredient.

Though gata is commonly associated with the Bicol region as coconut palm trees are abundant in the area, a lot of Filipinos also use gata in their recipes regardless of their region.

Sinampalukang manok

Sinampalukang manok recipe
Sinampalukang manok recipe is a Filipino dish that's quite similar to sinigang. Both have a sour broth. However, there are several methods and ingredients that aren't present in making sinigang.
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Sinampalukang Manok Recipe

The sinampalukang manok recipe is a Filipino dish that’s quite similar to sinigang. Both have sour broths.

However, this dish has several methods and ingredients that aren’t present in making sinigang.

As the name suggests, sinampalukang manok translates to “chicken in tamarind broth”.

This sinampalukang manok recipe gives you detailed instructions on how to cook this sumptuous dish!

Kare-kare Filipino beef curry

Kare-kare Filipino beef curry recipe
This Filipino kare-kare recipe is a meat and vegetable stew with oxtail, beef or tripe, eggplant, banana buds, pechay, string beans, and other vegetables that are mainly flavored with a sweet and savory peanut sauce.
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Kare-Kare beef curry

Do you like to eat curry? Then you’re sure to like kare-kare, or Filipino beef curry!

Kare-kare is a well-known dish from Pampanga, aptly hailed as the culinary capital of the Philippines. Its name is derived from the word “kari”, meaning “curry”.

However, kare-kare has a far different background from Indian curry. It has a similar flavor to satay because of the use of peanuts in the sauce.

Bulanglang

Bulanglang recipe
This meat-free vegetable soup is the perfect comfort food when you're looking for a simple tasty meal. It contains healthy vegetables and a hearty broth. Be sure to make a large pot to share with friends and family.
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Bulanglang Recipe

This bulanglang recipe is a favorite dish in the Southern Tagalog region. It originally came from Batangas, where fruits and vegetables have always been in abundance.

This dish is very healthy and nutritious since it contains different types of vegetables. It’s different from pinakbet because it’s more watery, and instead of bagoong alamang, this recipe uses bagoong isda.

Another difference is the cooking method. Pinakbet needs sautéing, while with bulanglang, the vegetables are simply boiled, and traditionally, the stock used for it is rice wash.

Having said that, this is very easy to cook!

All you need to do is boil the rice wash or water and put in the vegetables according to their cooking time. I’ll share which vegetables to put in first so you end up with the perfect textures!

Fried fish dinengdeng

Fried fish dinengdeng recipe
This dinengdeng with fried fish recipe uses a savory bagoong monamon sauce to add even more fishy flavor to the tasty vegetable broth.
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a bowl of dinengdeng

The key to a good dinengdeng is in the broth, which is made with rice wash water. Adding lots of veggies will make the broth flavorful, and the fried fish will add a nice crunch.

Although you can make dinengdeng with fried or grilled fish, this recipe uses fried fish because I feel like it adds extra flavor. Plus, the crispiness balances out the mushiness of the leafy greens!

Best string beans Filipino sitaw recipes

9 Best String Beans Filipino Sitaw Recipes

Joost Nusselder
Sitaw or string beans are used a lot in Filipino cooking because they work so well in stews and soups. Here are the best recipes you can make with them.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Main Course
Cuisine Filipino
Servings 5 people
Calories 278 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup long beans (sitaw) ends trimmed and cut into 3-inch lengths

Instructions
 

  • When cooking with sitaw, you should first add your aromatics like onions, garlic, and ginger with oil until translucent.
  • Add your protein, like chicken or beef and cook and then add vegetables that are harder or you don't mind soft like tomatoes, carrots, or bell pepper.
  • Only then add the sitaw. The string beans should be cooked until it is tender but still crisp. This usually takes 3-5 minutes.

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Nutrition

Calories: 278kcal
Keyword Sitaw
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Conclusion

There are a lot of great stews and sinigang you could make with these delicious string beans. My favorite uses are definitely Filipino ones!

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