Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  186
  • Protein  16 g
  • Carbohydrates  8 g
  • Fat  10 g
  • Cholesterol  47 mg
  • Sodium  235 mg
  • Potassium  428 mg
  • Phosphorus  121 mg
  • Calcium  45 mg
  • Fiber  2.1 g


Five DaVita renal dietitians from Vallejo, Hayward and Fairfield, California have put together a selection of favorite Filipino foods that are popular in their northern California area. Generally, Filipino foods can be high in sodium, potassium and phosphorus, however, DaVita dialysis dietitians have modified the recipes to make them more kidney-friendly. Try Sinigang and discover the uniqueness of northern California.

Diet types:

  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe created by DaVita teammates Ron and Ruth and modified by DaVita renal dietitian Laurie from California.

Portions: 5     Serving size: 1-1/2 cups


    • 5 cups water
    • 1 pound pork loins, cubed
    • 1 small tomato, quartered
    • 1/2 cup onion, diced
    • 1 jalapeno pepper (optional)
    • 0.7 ounces tamarind mix
    • 1 cup daikon radish, sliced
    • 1-1/2 cups Japanese eggplant, cut up
    • 2 cups kangkong (onchoy leaves)


  1. Bring water to a boil.
  2. Add pork cubes, tomato, onion and jalapeno (if desired). Simmer 20 minutes.
  3. Stir in tamarind mix and daikon radish and simmer for 5 minutes.
  4. Add Japanese eggplant. Continue to simmer for 2 minutes.
  5. Turn off heat. Stir in kangkong.
  6. Serve in a bowl with a side of rice if desired.

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 2 meat
  • 2 vegetable, medium potassium

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

  • Kangkong is a tropical plant that grows in water or moist soil throughout Southeast Asia. The leaves are eaten raw or cooked. It is also known as swamp cabbage, water spinach, rau muong or ong choy. One cup of uncooked kangkong contains 175 mg potassium, medium-potassium serving.
  • Substitute watercress or mustard greens if kangkong is unavailable.
  • Tamarind mix is available at Asian grocery stores. Look for Knorr® brand. Limit to 1/2 package to keep sodium and potassium down.

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lizziet54 says:


can I use calamansi or lemons instead of tamarind mix due to mix has msg in it.also is bok choy acceptable? Dietitian comment: Lemons are an acceptable substitute.

Oct. 31, 2014, 8:42 AM - Inappropriate review?


katram75 says:


I love Sinigang! And I'm so happy to get a kidney-friendly recipe! Thank you, DaVita!

Feb. 16, 2012, 7:06 AM - Inappropriate review?


Letty0917 says:


I really like the sinigang cause that's a favorite filipino dish in my family.

May. 05, 2008, 11:39 AM - Inappropriate review?

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