Beef is a versatile ingredient in Philippine gastronomic art and adds a lot of life to native dishes. Take the Philippine cuisine Boiled Spiced Beef, or “Nilagang Baka” for instance.
Tender loin is best for this native recipe but thigh portions of “pige” are also good. For a budget recipe, bony beef portions may also do for this native dish. Any beef part option, however, will need a kilo for this native dish. Also prepare a bundle of Baguio beans or “bitswelas” sliced in half, a small ball of cabbage, 4 medium size potatoes (peeled and sliced into 4 each), 3 small packs of whole black pepper, 3 small balls of onions, a teaspoon of salt, and 5 cups of water. With all these set, we’re ready to cook this Philippine cuisine, Boiled Spiced Beef or “Nilagang Baka.”
Tenderize the beef first. Beef often takes about 2 hours of gentle simmering to soften. Some put in a fork while tenderizing the beef of this native dish for a “quick tenderizing agent.” This experiment may also be good, just make sure the fork is not served in this Philippine cuisine on the dining table later. So put in the beef plus the potatoes, onions, salt, and the 5 cups water in a pot and simmer for 2 hours. Add salt if this native recipe still lacks taste.
Some people add a beef broth or two to enhance the taste of beef of this Philippine cuisine. This may also be done. But if one’s after a natural native recipe (no harmful chemicals) then the broth option may be disregarded. Natural beef is healthy and it would be a shame to spoil this native dish with something synthetic.
Now, when the beef is tender, the potatoes and others would surely follow suit, and the Baguio beans, cabbage, and the rest may now be poured into this native dish. Simmer for 3 minutes. Add salt for a tastier Philippine cuisine, if needed. When everything is soft and tasty enough, put out the fire, and serve hot. This native recipe serves 5 persons.
Bony beef for this Philippine cuisine enhances beef flavor due to the action of prolonged simmering on the bones. The marrow also adds more taste to this native recipe.
Philippine cuisine Boiled Spiced Beef is tasty native recipe. Natural beef is enhanced and made subtle by the simmering action on the bone and marrow to enrich this native dish.