Nilagang Baka

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Nilagang Baka

Favorite Sunday lunch menu! I remember my mom used to cook Nilagang Baka every Sunday when we were growing up. This recipe is one of the simplest & effortless yet flavorful dishes you can make & also one of the family’s favorite Sunday dish. Short ribs, bone marrow, or brisket, either one of them can make its broth really tasty. All you need is a variety of vegetable & a great dipping sauce such as a mixture of calamansi & fish sauce (patis) with chili pepper (siling labuyo) just enough to complement this traditional Filipino dish. Yummy!


  • 1 kilo Beef, cut into cubes (short ribs, brisket or bone marrow)
  • 2 large onions, peeled
  • 1 beef cube (optional)
  • 4 pcs. Potatoes, peeled & cut into large cubes
  • 2 pcs. Onion leeks, trimmed
  • 3 bunches of bok choy (pechay), trimmed
  • 1 medium cabbage, cut into large pcs.
  • 1 tsp. whole black peppercorn
  • Pinch ground pepper
  • 3 tbsp. fish sauce (patis)


  1. In a large pot or pressure cooker, place beef and pour in water (level is just above the meat).
  2. Bring to boil & let simmer for 15 mins. (remove dirt on top while simmering).
  3. Add onions, cover & simmer for 1 to 1 ½ hrs until beef is tender, or 30 mins. if using pressure cooker.
  4. Add enough water, beef cube & potatoes, then cover & simmer for 10 mins.
  5. Add peppercorn, ground pepper, & fish sauce.
  6. Place onion leeks, cabbage & pechay on top, cover & simmer for 2 mins.
  7. Serve hot with steamed rice! Enjoy!

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  • Eileen Nekota

    I love making this simple recipe and it is delicious! For variation, I also add sweet potatoes and carrots, and sometimes green beans too:)

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