Filipino Recipe 101: Nilagang Baka


Nilagang Baka” in English is Boiled Beef and is one of my many favorite food! (Also called Beef Stew.) I love the beef and the vegetables used in that recipe. Its hot soup is something that I love too, especially when it’s kind of salty. 😀 Since it’s my favorite, I asked my mother to teach me how to cook it when I was still in high school. It’s pretty easy!


Nilagang Baka Ingredients:
1 kilo beef shank
8 potatoes cut the same size as the beef
1 bundle Pechay (Bok choy) cut into 2 pieces
1 small cabbage, quartered
5 onions, diced
4 tablespoons of patis (fish sauce)
10 corns of black pepper
1 liter of water
Salt and pepper to taste

Nilagang Baka Cooking Instructions:
In a big casserole, place beef and pour in water the water level is just above the meat.
Bring to boil and let it simmer for 10 mins then remove scum or dirt on top while simmering.
Add onions, cover & simmer for 1 to 1 and 1/2 hrs or until beef is tender, if using pressure cooker it will only take 30 mins.
Add enough water, beef cube & potatoes, continue to simmer until potatoes are cooked.
Add peppercorn, ground pepper, & fish sauce.
Add the cabbage then the pechay, cover then simmer for 2 mins. Do not over cook the vegetables.
Salt and pepper to taste.
Serve steaming hot in a bowl and plain white rice.

*Recipe is from here. You may add Saba banana just like on the picture. 🙂
It’s past 12 midnight here and I’m craving for this dish. 😭


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