Camto Soup is a type of Filipino beef soup primarily prepared with “camto” or flank steak and is usually served popularly on noodles on Pares eateries
- 1 1/2 kg beef leg bones
- 700 g beef flank steak or brisket, chopped into small strips or cubes
- 8 cups water
- 1/2 cup soy sauce
- 6 tbsp brown sugar
- 3 pcs star anise
- 2 pcs dried bay leaves
- 2 tbsp cornstarch, mixed in 4 tbsp water
- 1 tsp ground black pepper
- 2 white onions, quartered
- 2 whole head garlic, minced
- fish sauce
- ½ head of Chinese cabbage, chopped
- 6 pcs hard boiled eggs, peeled and sliced
- chopped spring onions, to garnish
- fried garlic, to garnish
- In a pot add oil then sauté half of the garlic and onions.
- Add beef pieces and beef leg bones then brown on all sides.
- Add water then season with a bit of salt (remember main flavours will come from the pares sauce which is on the next steps), bring to a boil then simmer for 1 1/2 hours in low heat, check liquid levels topping up with water to retain the liquid level.
- Remove from pot flank steak/brisket pieces leaving the beef leg bones. Continue to simmer for 1 hour in very low heat.
- In another pot add oil then sauté remaining garlic until it is golden brown. Remove garlic then set it aside.
- In that same pot where garlic was sautéed, add 1 cup of beef broth from the beef leg bones pot, separated flank steak/brisket, soy sauce, brown sugar (adjust according to your liking, this is meant to be sweet), star anise, bay leaf, black pepper and cornstarch mixture. Bring to a boil and simmer for 30 minutes until the beef pieces are really tender up to a point it’s nearly falling apart. Season with fish sauce to your liking, turn heat off.
- Back to the pot with beef bones, add chopped cabbage then cook for 5 more minutes. Turn heat off.
- Prepare individual bowls then fill it with the soup with cabbage from the beef bones, scoop a good amount of seasoned flank steak/brisket together with its sauce. Add hard boiled eggs then garnish with spring onions and fried garlic.
- Serve with rice or noodles.