How to Make Filipino Beef Soup in 5 Easy Steps
What Is Nilagang Baka?
Nilagang baka is the Tagalog name for Filipino beef soup. It is a simple and tasty dish that is a complete meal by itself since it contains meat, potatoes, and vegetables—but traditionally, Filipinos eat this with rice.
When the weather becomes cooler, nothing beats a nice bowl of hot, steamy soup. Nilagang baka is one of my favorites. It's not fancy. It contains just a few basic ingredients, but you can make it as fancy as you want by adding anything you want. It's so good, I would eat it even if it isn't cold and chilly outside.
- 2 pounds beef sirloin, cubed
- 1 small cabbage, cut into 8 wedges
- 7 cups water
- 1 large onion, quartered
- 3 medium potatoes, quartered
- 1 teaspoon whole peppercorns
- 2 tablespoons fish sauce
- Place the beef in a pot of water and bring to a boil.
- Add peppercorns and fish sauce.
- Reduce heat and simmer for 1 hour or until beef is tender.
- Add potatoes and cook for 10 minutes.
- Add the cabbage and onions and cook for 5 minutes.
- Try including other vegetables such as green beans, plantains, green onions, bok choy, Napa cabbage, or corn on the cob.
- You can use other cuts of beef, such as beef shank (with or without the bones).