Beef Estofado

Filipino Style Recipe: Beef Estofado is another mouth-watering beef dish that is commonly served by Filipinos. Similar to adobo and patatim, this dish has a sweet and salty taste. The beef marinated then cooked together with peas, potatoes and carrots in a blend of soy sauce, vinegar and sugar.

Estimated time of preparation: 10 minutes (plus marinating time)
Estimated time of cooking: 40-50 minutes
Good for 4-5 persons

3/4 kilo beef sirloin, cut into cubes
1/4 cup vinegar
1 tablespoon cornstarch (dissolved in 1/4 cup water)
1 beef bouillon (optional)
4 cups water or beef stock
1/4 cup green peas, cooked
2 pieces potatoes, peeled and quartered
1 large-sized carrot, cut into cubes
salt and pepper to taste

5 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup soy sauce
1 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar
3 pieces bay leaves
1 teaspoon whole peppercorn
1/4 cup cooking oil for frying

Part 1
1. In a container, combine beef, garlic, soy sauce, sugar, bay leaf and peppercorn then marinate for 30 minutes.
2. Remove beef and reserve the marinade. Set aside.

Part 2
1. In a pan, heat oil and fry potatoes and carrots until light brown. Drain and set aside.
2. Fry beef for 3-5 minutes or until light brown. Drain and set aside.

Part 3
1. In a same pan, reduce oil to 1 tablespoon then saute garlic and beef.
2. Pour marinade, water and beef bouillon then simmer in a low heat for 40 minutes or until beef is tender. Add more water if necessary.
3. Add vinegar and simmer for another 5 minutes. Do not stir.
4. Add dissolved cornstarch, green peas, potatoes and carrots then cook for another 3 minutes.
5. Adjust seasoning according to taste. Simmer until the sauce has reduced and thicken. Serve.



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