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Nilagang Baka (Boiled Beef Soup)

May 6, 2018

Nilagang Baka (Boiled Beef Soup)


It’s getting cold again down under. This time around, I had a craving for Nilagang Baka. This dish is one of my comfort food. It’s a usual staple during our family dinners back home.

The name of this dish translates to Boiled Beef. This soup resembles a consommé with its clear broth. The primary star of this dish is the beef that has been boiled until soft and tender. The cabbage and the corn adds a hint of sweetness to the broth and provides a nice contrast to the meat. Each spoonful of this together with rice will certainly hit the spot.

This is my version of recreating Nilagang Baka from scratch 🙂

Nilagang Baka (Boiled Beef Soup)

Learn How to Cook Nilagang Baka From Scratch

Course Main Course
Cuisine Filipino
Keyword Beef, Cabbage, Corn, Potato
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings 4
Author KarinderyaChef

Sangkap | Ingredients

  • 1.5 kilos Beef Shank
  • 1 piece Onion (Sibuyas) Medium, Sliced
  • 1/4 head Cabbage (Repolyo) Quartered
  • 2 pieces Potatoes (Patatas) Peeled and Quartered
  • 2 pieces Corn (Mais) Halved
  • 1 tbsp Peppercorn (Paminta)
  • 2-3 tbsp Fish Sauce (Patis)
  • 8-12 cups Water (Tubig) Enough to cover Beef
  • Salt (Asin) to taste

Pagluluto | Cooking Directions

  1. In a pot, add beef shanks and cover with water. Bring to a boil.

  2. While bringing to a boil, make sure to skim any scum that floats to the top.

  3. Add onions, peppercorns, and fish sauce. 

  4. Lower heat. Partially cover the pot with a lid. Simmer until beef shanks are tender. This usually takes 1.5 - 2.0 hours.

  5. Add the corn and potatoes, cook for 10 more minutes

  6. Add cabbage and cook for another 5-10 minutes or until both the potatoes and cabbage are soft

Tala | Notes

  • Serve with rice.
  • Soy Sauce (Toyo) and/or Fish Sauce (Patis) can be used as a dipping sauce to enhance flavor.
  • In Step 2, you can opt to add 2 stalks of celery and 2 pieces of carrots when simmering. This gives the broth a richer flavor. Remove celery and carrot after.
  • Some people opt to add beef bouillon to boost the flavor of the broth.


Nilagang Baka
A Nice Hot Bowl of Nilagang Baka

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