Beef Nilaga (Nilagang Baka) Pinoy Recipes


Beef Nilaga or Nilagang Baka. Nilaga means boiled; baka means beef. Nilagang Baka or boiled beef is a fairly easy dish to prepare. It only involves one basic process which is boiling. To be more specific, the boiling involved in cooking Nilagang Baka refers to slow cooking. This dish is very similar to Bulalo, except different veggies and usage of stewing beef instead of beef with marrow.
A good stock is produced by slowly cooking the beef with the correct spices. Hence, it’s important to use stewing beef. Brisket, shank or short ribs are ideal. It follows that by the time you come up with a very good broth, you have very tender beef.


2 lbs beef brisket, cubed
1 big potato, cubed
1 bok choy or pechay
1 large onion, chopped
2 medium sized carrots, chopped crosswise (w/ length of about 2 inches)
1 tbsp whole pepper corn
3 tbsp fish sauce (patis)

Cooking Procedure:

1. Saute the onion until texture becomes soft
2. Add-in the beef brisket and cook for about 5 minutes
3. Add the fish sauce and whole pepper corn then mix well
4. Pour-in the water and bring to a boil. Simmer for 1 to 2 hours (or 30 minutes if using pressure cooker)
5. Put-in the vegetables starting with the potato and the carrots. Simmer for 5 to 7 minutes
6. Add the bok choy (Pechay). Cover the pot and turn off the heat. Let it stay for 5 minutes.
7. Serve hot.

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