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  • Author: Raymund
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 45 mins
  • Yield: 3 1x
  • Category: Main Course
  • Cuisine: Filipino


Binarutak is a Filipino fish head soup dish cooked with tropical vegetables and sour fruits like tamarind or kamias. Savour the tangy and savoury flavours of this traditional Filipino delicacy!


Units Scale
  • 3 large heads fish (snapper, grouper, salmon)
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 bunch sweet potato tops
  • 2 pcs taro, cubed
  • 2 pcs medium-sized sweet potato, cubed
  • 1 small daikon radish, sliced
  • 1 medium loofah, sliced
  • 12 pieces okra, sliced
  • 1 thumb-sized ginger, sliced
  • 1 large white onion, sliced
  • 1/2 cup tamarind paste (kinapal) or 1 pack sinigang mix
  • 3 pcs green chillies
  • fish sauce
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • oil


  1. In a small bowl, mix the tamarind paste with warm water, squish it by hand or mash it and strain to remove the seeds. Set aside.
  2. Heat a little oil in a pan over medium heat, and sauté the onion and ginger until the onion becomes translucent.
  3. Add water and bring it to a boil.
  4. Add the sweet potato and taro, then cook for about 10 minutes.
  5. Add the okra, radish, and fish head, together with the strained tamarind juice. Continue to cook over medium heat for 10 minutes or until the fish is cooked.
  6. Mash all the taro in the pot to thicken the soup.
  7. Add the loofah, sweet potato tops and green chillies, then cook for a minute.
  8. Season with fish sauce and freshly ground black pepper, turn the heat off
  9. Serve hot with rice.


You can use any souring agent similar to sinigang like green mango, fresh tamarind, kamias, batawan, or other souring agents like instant powder.