Beef Pochero

Filipino Style Recipe: beef pochero is another beef dish that commonly served by Filipinos. This is similar to pork pochero. Normally beef boiled and cooked with tomato sauce together with cardava bananas(saba), potatoes, green beans, cabbage and bok choy. This is a mouth-watering dish that my family loves so much.

Estimated time of preparation: 20 minutes
Estimated time of cooking: 50-70 minutes
Good for 4-6 persons

1 kilo beef, cut into cubes
200 grams tomato sauce
1/2 cup soy sauce
4 garlic gloves, chopped
1 small onion, quartered
4 tablespoons fish sauce(patis)
4 pieces banana(saba), sliced diagonally
1 small bundle, green beans, sliced diagonally
1 small chinese cabbage, quartered
salt and pepper to taste
cooking oil

1 bundle bok choy or pechay(optional)
1 red bell peppers, cut into stips(optional)
6 potatoes, cut into cubes(optional)

Part 1
1. In a pot, arrange beef with 1 liter of water. Bring to boil and simmer for an hour or until the beef is tender.
2. Remove the scum as it rises. Add more water if necessary. Pressure cooker takes less time.

Part 2(optional)
1. In a pan, heat oil and fry potatoes. Drain and set aside.

Part 3
1. In a same pan, saute garlic and onion, add in beef and stir cook until light brown.
2. Add tomato sauce, soy sauce and fish sauce then stir cook for 2-3 minutes.
3. Pour beef stock then simmer until 5 minutes, add more water as necessary.
4. Add potato and banana then simmer for 3 minutes.
5. Add other vegetables, cook for 3-5 minutes or until vegetables are cooked.
6. Season with salt and pepper according taste and bring to boil.
7. Transfer to serving plate, serve with steamed rice.

Nilagang Baka(Beef Stew)

Filipino Style Recipe: nilagang baka or beef stew is an easy yet delicous Filipino soup dish. Beef stew is so simple to prepare but time consuming. The beef simmered for an hour until tender then cooked with corn cobs, potatoes, bananas and veggies. This is so popular and can be served anytime or the best during rainy season.

Estimated time of preparation: 10 minutes
Estimated time of cooking: 70 – 90 minutes

Ingredients :
1 kilo of beef meat (brisket, shank,short ribs), cut into serving pieces
3 medium-sized potatoes, cut into quarter
5 pieces cardava banana(saging na saba)
3 Japanese corn cobs, cut into 3-4 pieces
1 small bundle green beans(baguio beans), trimmed
1 bundle bok choy (Pechay) , cut the 2 pieces
1 onion, chopped
1 tablespoon peppercorn
fish sauce(patis) or salt to taste
1 liter of water
1/2 small cabbage, cut into quarter(optional)

1. In a large casserole, place the meat and add water. Set over medium heat and bring to a boil and simmer for about 1 hour or until meat is tender. Remove the scum as it rises. Add more water if necessary. Pressure cooker only takes 30 minutes.
2. Add corn and onion. Season with fish sauce and sprinkle some salt. Simmer for another 10 minutes or until the corn is tender.
3. Put potatoes and continue cooking until potatoes are cooked.
4. Then add cardava banana and all the vegetables. Do not cover and simmer for about 5 minutes or until vegetables are done. Do not overcooked the vegetables.
5. Adjust seasoning with fish sauce and salt according to taste.
6. Serve hot with fish sauce and birds eye chili(siling labuyo) for condiments.

1. You may also add anise or cinnamon powder for seasoning.
2. You can also try chicken (chicken stew) or pork (pork stew) for variety.