One of things I love about my cultural background which is of Filipino Heritage is the food.
If you have not tried Filipino food yet, you are truly missing out.
Just like the Filipino Heritage, our food is a mix of Chinese and Spanish dishes. From everything to appetizers, to desserts to main courses, the cuisine is absolutely delicious and a feast for your senses. It will be sure to satisfy all palettes.
One of my favourite dishes that always reminds me of home and comfort is Nilagang Baka which is a Beef Stew. Nilaga, Literally translated, it means “to boil.” If you can boil water, you are well on your way to cooking something wonderful. Baka is for beef.
I like it because it’s also healthy and consists of zero oils or saturated fats and it includes one of my favourite veggies, cabbage. Yum!
It’s usually served with plain white rice (although you are free to use parboiled or brown if you prefer – but I much prefer the white rice with this dish).
Nilagang Baka (Beef Nilaga): Filipino Beef Stew
- 1 lb beef for stew
- 1 large onion, finely diced
- 2 tablespoons whole peppercorns
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 knorr beef bouillon cube
- 6-7 cups water
- 1/2 head of cabbage
- 1 large potato (cut into pcs)
- 3 carrots, cut in 1 inch pieces
- 3 tablespoons fish sauce (or substitute kosher salt)
In a large Dutch oven or heavy pot, heat stew meat with onion, peppercorns, salt, beef bouillon cube and water over high heat and bring to a boil. Lower heat, and cover, allowing to simmer for several hours, until the meat is absolutely tender. If necessary, skim any foam from the broth. If you wish, cook the broth in advance and refrigerate. Any solidified fat will be easier to skim.
When the meat is tender, add the vegetables and cook a little more until the potatoes are fork tender. Season to taste with fish sauce or salt. Serve hot over rice.
This a fool-proof dish that even my husband can make effortlessly! And he’s not really a cook.
This amount can be kept in the fridge for up to 2 nights and re-heated and served.
Try this for dinner, especially during a cold day.