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Nilagang Baka (Filipino Beef Soup with Vegetables)

Nilagang Baka is a Filipino beef soup cooked until the meat becomes really tender and with vegetables like potatoes, beans, and cabbage that makes this simple soup healthy and flavorful. Nilagang Baka is a Filipino beef soup cooked until the meat is really tender and with vegetables like potatoes, beans and cabbage that makes this simple soup healthy and flavorful. | www.foxyfolksy.com

This dish is one of that 'ordinary day' dish that is served at a Filipino table on a regular basis. It is normally eaten with rice, of course, and I usually make a dip from fish sauce with chili flakes. It is perfect for the rainy days but is usually eaten all year round and even in the heat of the summer. It may sound weird to some, I know, but not to us Filipinos. It is actually kind of refreshing after eating a hot soup in the middle of a hot day. You just got to try it to believe it.     

Nilagang Baka is a Filipino beef soup cooked until the meat is really tender and with vegetables like potatoes, beans and cabbage that makes this simple soup healthy and flavorful. | www.foxyfolksy.com

Nilagang Baka is a Filipino beef soup cooked until the meat is really tender and with vegetables like potatoes, beans and cabbage that makes this simple soup healthy and flavorful. | www.foxyfolksy.com

For this recipe, I used beef shank but you may also use other beef cuts like brisket, round, chuck, and even spareribs. The bones and collagen found in these cheaper cuts of beef are perfect for making delicious beef soup. These tough cuts become fork tender and tastier over long cooking unlike other (more expensive) tender cuts like steak or tenderloin which becomes exactly the opposite (tough and chewy) when boiled or stewed.  

Nilagang Baka is a Filipino beef soup cooked until the meat is really tender and with vegetables like potatoes, beans and cabbage that makes this simple soup healthy and flavorful. | www.foxyfolksy.com

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Nilagang Baka (Filipino Beef Soup with Vegetables)

Nilagang Baka is a Filipino beef soup cooked until the meat is fork tender. Onions, potatoes, and cabbage that makes this simple soup healthy and flavorful.
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Course: Soup
Cuisine: Asian,Filipino
Keyword: beef soup,nilagang baka
Servings: 4
Calories: 260kcal
Author: Bebs
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 1/2 pounds beef shank
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 big onion - - quartered
  • 10 pieces peppercorn
  • 1 big (or 2 small) potato - - peeled and cut into 4-6 pieces
  • 1 corn on the cob - (optional) - cut into 4
  • 10 pieces green beans - - ends cut
  • salt - - as needed
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 2 stalks spring onions - - cut to inch-long pieces
  • 1/2 small cabbage - - cut into 4

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Place beef shank in a pot. Add water, onion, and peppercorn. Bring to a boil at high temperature.
  • Once it starts to boil, cover the pot with a lid and lower temperature to low. Let the beef cook for 30 minutes to an hour or until it becomes tender. Cut the beef into serving size.
  • Add the potatoes, beans, and corn. Season with salt and fish sauce. Cook covered for another 10 minutes or until the potatoes are cooked.
  • Add the spring onions and cabbage and then turn off the heat. Cover with lid and let the vegetables cook for 2-3 minutes.
  • Serve hot.

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RECIPE NOTES

You may also use other beef cuts like brisket, chuck, and even ribs.
Nutrition Facts
Nilagang Baka (Filipino Beef Soup with Vegetables)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 260 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Cholesterol 40mg13%
Sodium 471mg20%
Potassium 1198mg34%
Carbohydrates 29g10%
Fiber 10g40%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 29g58%
Vitamin A 1930IU39%
Vitamin C 65.8mg80%
Calcium 175mg18%
Iron 5.8mg32%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Nilagang Baka is a Filipino beef soup cooked until the meat is really tender and with vegetables like potatoes, beans and cabbage that makes this simple soup healthy and flavorful. | www.foxyfolksy.com

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  1. Why is your Nilagang baka recipe has so much sodium and potassium? What's your alternate meat for baka?
    Fernando

    Fernando

    1. Hi Fernando, I adjusted the salt content as people have different taste and this has to depend on one's preference. You can also use pork then it will be Nilagang Baboy (Pork Nilaga).

    1. It is Rinderfleisch Beinscheibe... you can ask for it from the butcher but it is also usually available in kaufland in the meat section already cut without the skin and with bone with marrow..

  2. 5 stars
    Your stew is so appetizing Bebs! We have about the same recipe in France, we call it Pot au Feu, guess it could translate beef stew, we make it with different veggies and in the heart of winter, it's supposed to be comforting, will try to add corn on cobs next time, so beautiful and tempting!

    1. Hi Patty, it is funny that cuisines from around the world can be so different and at the same time similar. Just proves that food is universal. ????

  3. 5 stars
    Great recipe, in between Irish stew and Italian ossobuco which are my two favorite stews. I could have bone marrow anything, even in the summer.

  4. 5 stars
    My grandmother always maintained that eating soup in the heart of summer will cool you off, and you know what? She was right! Just like you! This looks so yummy. I love the little corn cobs. So fun! I can't wait to try this!

    1. Way to go Zara! ???? I've also tried making Hainanese Chicken and rice and I love it so much will share it here soon!

  5. That soup looks delicious! I'd never think to put chunks of corn cob in a soup, it's great on the retina 🙂 What does baka mean in Pilipino? 'Cause in my native language it means grandma, ha! You cannibal you, lol!

  6. I'm not too familiar with Filipino food but this looks absolutely delicious! I need to try it soon.

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