Nilagang Baka or Boiled Beef is one of the simplest dishes you will encounter but don’t be deceived by its simplicity because once done right it will be flavourful. So how really simple it is? Well the most basic ingredient to make one only uses beef, water, onion, peppercorn, salt and vegetables. It is very old recipe which definitely din not originate in the Philippines, in fact I remembered reading some passages in the bible that they ate boiled calf during those times. Cooking this is also simple all you need is to dump everything in the pot and let it boil until meat is really tender, they key to making it really flavourful is to use the cheap cuts and the bony ones as they have more flavour.
There are a lot of variations of this dish that is why some add plantain bananas, bok choy, carrots and/or potatoes but for my recipe I usually add corn and spring onions which gives it a different flavour dimension.