Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Beef Nilaga in Summer!!!

In the Philippines, Beef Nilaga (Beef Soup) is Add Imageusually cooked during a cold and rainy day. Well here in Melbourne, I've decided to try cooking one of favorite soup dishes in the summer. It was of course a welcome treat for all of us since it's been a while since we've had this. Basically, it's a soup with very simple ingredients. You've got beef. It's best to use cheap cuts. I usually use a combination of cheap cuts and osso bucco. This makes for a more flavourful soup. I then include a bunch of vegetables like bok choy, carrots, potatoes, and an onion.

So here the steps:

  • Place the Beef in a pot and cover it with cold water.

  • Bring this to a boil and simmer for about an hour per 500 grams or until tender. During the simmer, I add a few whole black pepper corns.

  • Once the meat is tender, add in a quartered onion, the potatoes, and carrots.

  • Of course, you will need to add salt to flavour this. I usually use Fish sauce for this.

  • Once the potatoes and carrots are tender, add in the bok choy.

  • Continue to simmer for a minute or two and then serve with rice and more fish sauce.