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Nilagang Baka Recipe

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr 12 mins
Total Time1 hr 22 mins
Servings: 6
Author: Vanjo Merano


  • 2 lbs. beef sirloin cubed
  • 2 bunches baby bok choy or pechay
  • 1 small cabbage chopped
  • 6 pieces Saba banana halved
  • 4 pieces baking potato quartered
  • 1 large white onion halved
  • 4 celery stalks chopped
  • 2 pieces star anise
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 4 cups water
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Combine the water and beef broth in a large cooking pot. Bring to a boil.
  • Add the onion, star anise, and celery. Reduce the heat in medium. Cover the pot and continue to boil for 20 minutes.
  • Remove the onion, star anise, and celery from the boiling liquid using a skimmer or a strainer. You can discard these ingredients.
  • Add the beef. Simmer for 60 to 90 minutes or until the beef becomes tender. You can add more water if necessary.
  • Put-in the saba banana and potatoes. Cook for 10 minutes.
  • Add the bok choy and cabbage. Sprinkle salt and pepper. Stir.
  • Cover and turn the heat off. Let the pot stay with cover-on for 2 to 5 minutes to cook the vegetables.
  • Transfer to a serving bowl.
  • Serve. Share and enjoy!


Serving: 6g