Knorr Lutong Nanay Recipe: Sinigang With Pakwan

I love food in general. I'm quite adventurous in trying new dishes and cuisines mainly because I grew up in a home of hearty eaters and good cooks. My mother is a great cook and I learned so much from watching her whip up a variety of dishes on a daily basis. Iba talaga ang sarap when it's lutong nanay. You know what's in your food, you know it's healthier, and meal times at home bring families closer.

When I was invited to be a part of Knorr Lutong Nanay campaign, I did not hesitate to accept. I grew up with Knorr and I've come to know about their seasonings from my mom. Naturally, when I became a homemaker myself, I included Knorr products in my grocery list. As a matter of fact, pork sinigang was the first soup dish I ever cooked for my husband and in-laws after I got married.  Knorr makes dishes taste better and cooking more convenient and pleasurable.

The Knorr Lutong Nanay event happened last July 4 at The Cookery Place, participated by bloggers who are all self-confessed foodies, passionate about food and flavor. The event, hosted by celebrity mom and actress Camille Prats, started with self-introductions as each of us shared stories, tips and family favorites with the group. It was followed by a short brand presentation on Knorr #LutongNanay, with special focus on Sinigang -- an all-time family favorite, which the children also love, and makes everyone eat more rice, vegetables and soup.

(From top) Event host Camille Prats with Sari Jorge; Knorr Senior Brand Manager Czarina Manalo; self-introduction during the event; cooking demo of the Sinigang with Pakwan by Sari Jorge

What is Knorr’s #LutongNanay campaign?

Our goal is to bring back the value behind home cooked meals especially since people choose to eat outside or even alone in this fast-paced world. Knorr aims to help more moms bring the family together through the best flavors in their cooking.
Cooking is a force for good. When a mother cooks, it is often seen as a way for her to ensure her family’s well being – and through Knorr, moms can serve nutritious meals without sacrificing great flavor.” - Czarina de Leon-Manalo, Knorr Senior Brand Manager.

The Lutong Nanay campaign helps busy and working moms find time to cook for her family by introducing simple, smart and great-tasting dishes from inspired recipes. Now on its third year, Knorr Lutong Nanay continues to champion delicious, home-cooked meals for the Filipino family, especially in this day and age of eating out and instant food.

The special guest that day was Sari Jorge, renowned chef and businesswoman who founded the successful 25 Mushrooms Kitchen. Sari demonstrated how to cook Sinigang with Pakwan

There were four sinigang variations to be cooked that afternoon so we were divided into four groups to cook each variation of the popular Filipino dish while Sari helped us prepare.

My #LutongNanay groupmates, Yen Dreyfus and Patty Cuyugan, with our Sinigang na Grilled Liempo

My group was assigned the Sinigang na Grilled Liempo, which I believe is the closest to the original sinigang na baboy recipe, only this time, we used the inihaw na liempo (pork belly).  I learned that sinigang is a perfect way to serve leftover inihaw!

Here are 4 ways with Sinigang:
  • Knorr Sinigang with Pakwan
  • Knorr Surf and Turf Sinigang
  • Knorr Sinigang na Grilled Liempo
  • Knorr Sizzling Sinigang

One of the groups recreated the Sinigang with Pakwan recipe that Sari demonstrated here, and they did wonderfully with their version  Here's the recipe you can try at home.


500 grams
 Pork Belly - 3 inches x 1 inch slices
3 Tbsp Knorr Liquid Seasoning
2 tbsp vegetable oil1 liter water
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1/2 onion, cut into 2 wedges
3 pcs tomatoes, sliced into quarters
1 inch fresh ginger, cut into fine matchsticks
1 lemongrass stalk, white part only
2 pcs fresh kaffir leaves (optional)
200 grams gabi (taro), sliced into cubes
500 grams seedless sweet watermelon, peeled and cut into 1inch cubes (divided into 2 parts)
1 22g pack Knorr Sinigang sa Gabi Mix1 Knorr Beef Cube1 tbsp fish sauce, plus extra to taste1 Tbsp soy sauce ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper2 long green chillies, slicedfish sauce to serve150 grams sitaw, cut into 7 cm lengths100 grams okra
1 bunchwater kangkong
steamed rice, to serve

  • Marinate the pork belly in Knorr Liquid Seasoning for at least 30 minutes
  • Place a large casserole over medium-high heat. Add oil and, working in batches, cook the pork until evenly browned. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.
  • Reduce the heat to medium. Add garlic and onions to the casserole. Add tomatoes, ginger, lemongrass, gabi and watermelon and cook for 2 minutes before returning the pork to the casserole.
  • Add water, Knorr Sinigang sa Gabi Mix, Knorr Beef Cube. Cook for about 1 – 1½ hours until the pork is tender.
  • When the pork is tender, remove the pork from the casserole and set aside. Strain the liquid and add the fish sauce, soy sauce and pepper to taste.
  • Add the remaining watermelon, beans, chilies, and okra and cook for 20 minutes, before adding the water spinach and cooking for a minute until all the vegetables are tender.
  • Serve with steamed white rice and fish sauce for dipping.

It was an exciting hands-on experience for everybody since we're all curious to try the different styles of sinigang. Lahat masarap and I'm already planning to try the recipes at home. Thank you, Knorr, for making me a part of your #LutongNanay movement. I personally enjoyed cooking with these fellow foodies and moms as we shared our love for food and the joy of preparing healthier home-cooked meals for our families.

All unmarked photos courtesy of Knorr Philippines.

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