Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Cooking at Home - Nilagang Baka (Boiled Beef & Vegetables)

Since my hubby Matth's off-day was yesterday, he decided to cook something for me. I asked him to make something soup-y. I'm not feeling well, so something with soup would really help.

After sending me to work, he stopped by the grocery to get all the ingredients.

It was really sweet of him to cook even though that day was suppose to be his rest day. I guess we both miss Filipino food so much that every time we cook at home, most of the time, it's always a Filipino dish.

But I really hope to learn how to make Malaysian or Indian dishes as well.

There are actually a different versions of making this dish. Matth prefers to add one or two Saging na saba (Saba Bananas). It makes the stew a little bit sweet, which we both love.

Here are the Ingredients he used:

  • 3lbs. Beef Chunk roast cut in 2 inch cubes
  • 2 medium onion sliced thinly
  • 1 small cabbage de-cored and cut in wedges
  • 3 medium carrots peeled and cut in 2 inch pieces
  • 4 medium potatoes peeled and quartered
  • 1 or 2 pieces cut Saba Bananas (this depends on whether you want it to be a bit sweet)
  • 8 whole peppercorns
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • patis (Fish sauce) small amount for taste


In a large pot place beef and cover with water about 2 inches above the meat. Bring it to a rapid boil. Add the onions, and lower the heat to medium high. Cover and let simmer for 15 minutes. Next add salt, and whole peppercorns. Cover and let it cook for 1½ hours or until beef is very tender. Add water if necessary maintaining the 2 inch water level above the meat. At this time you may add the carrots and potatoes. Cover and let them cook for an additional 15 minutes or until carrots and potatoes are tender. Add cabbage and saba bananas, cover, and let it cook for 3 more minutes. Adjust the taste by adding more salt if necessary. Serve with white rice and the fish sauce condiments. Enjoy!

Another type of dish that would be great, especially on a cool weather, would be Bulalo (Beef Bone Marrow and Vegetable soup)... It's quite similar to this, with a few different ingredients and of course, you'd use beef bone marrow.


  1. this post makes really really hungry.

  2. If you love Nilaga and it really looks good. I suggest you try cooking Beef Pochero..

  3. @Peachkins: yah... beef pochero... I haven't had that for a long time. thanks for the suggestion. we'll try that. :)

  4. sarap nito ah.. i miss sinigang na baka though.. haay.. :)