Filipino Sinigang na Baka (Beef in Sour Soup)

The Filipino Sinigang na Baka (Beef in Sour Soup) You may substitute Chinese long beans (sitao) in place of green beans. Serves 6-8

Filipino Sinigang na Baka (Beef in Sour Soup)
3 lbs. beef short ribs
5-7 cups rice water
1 medium-sized onion, sliced
2 medium-sized tomatoes, sliced
1 tablespoon fish sauce (patis)
2 cups oriental radish (daikon) sliced diagonally
2-3 cups fresh green beans, cut into 3-inch pieces
1 hot chili pepper (optional)
juice of one lemon
salt and pepper to taste
slices of lemon

In a covered deep pot over medium high heat, bring to a boil the beef ribs, rice water, onion, tomatoes, fish sauce and salt and pepper to taste.

Reduce heat to medium low and simmer for about 1 hour and 30 minutes or until meat is almost tender. Add radish, green beans, hot chili pepper and lemon juice. Cover and simmer for another 6-8 minutes or until vegetables are tender.

Correct seasonings to taste. Remove vegetables from soup and set aside.

Remove fat that may accumulate on top of soup. Just before serving, add vegetables to hot soup stock. Squeeze extra lemon juice on individual servings for extra tartness.
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