Simple Sundays | Filipino Beef Nilaga {Nilagang Baka}

Filipino Beef Stew

The arrival of autumn delivers waves of nostalgia. The scent of crayons and number two pencils bring me back to fall afternoons spent at the kitchen table, still dressed in my plaid uniform, busily scribbling away in my marble notebooks. A few steps away, the stock pot is bubbling and brewing, and I begin to salivate as the broth becomes richer in flavor.

This time of year takes me back to dishes that remind me of home, the Filipino classics that I grew up on in a New York kitchen.  For today’s Simple Sundays post, I am excited to give you a sneak peek at a guest post I am sharing tomorrow on the blog, Asian in America. Betty Ann Quirino is on a mission to help dispel a misconception recently presented to her by a local food journalist: he claimed that cooks in the United States believe Asian cuisine is expensive to cook because ingredients are hard to find. Nothing could be further from the truth.

While I was born and raised in New York, my parents managed to bring the flavors of their Filipino heritage to our kitchen, despite the fact that ingredients indigenous to the Philippines were not as readily available as they are today. Part of the immigrant experience is adaptation and preservation, and when it comes to food, it absolutely holds true. My mother learned to find appropriate substitutes to recreate the flavors that reminded her and my father of home.

So, when Betty Ann approached me with the challenge of sharing a Filipino dish that is affordable and does not require “ethnic ingredients,” I knew exactly what I would prepare for you. Just look at these ingredients. It doesn’t get any simpler than this, and I certainly don’t think there is anything “exotic” about them.

If you can boil water, you can make Beef Nilaga. I hope you enjoy my guest post and recipe, and I do hope you explore Asian in America’s September theme: Asian Food is Affordable. There are other guest posts in store for Asian in America, and it just goes to show you that the simplest of foods can also be some of the most delicious, even if it comes from an ocean away.

The story and recipe for Filipino Beef Nilaga can be found on Asian in America here. Enjoy!

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by Liren Baker on September 25, 2011

21 Responses to “Simple Sundays | Filipino Beef Nilaga {Nilagang Baka}”

  1. Louise September 25, 2011 @ 8:16 am (#

    Am I crazy, or where is the recipe?

    • Liren replied: — September 25th, 2011 @ 9:32 am

      Hi Louise, the story and recipe for Beef Nilaga will be live tomorrow on Asian in America (please see link above). Hope you like the sneak peek and I hope you enjoy the recipe when it is live tomorrow! Thanks!

  2. Curt September 25, 2011 @ 8:30 am (#

    What a great looking soup. Healthy, filling and delicious I’ll bet!

  3. Belinda @zomppa September 25, 2011 @ 11:31 am (#

    What a strange misperception! Thanks for clarifying with this beautiful stew…can’t wait! (Number 2 pencils…awesome).

  4. Norma September 26, 2011 @ 12:27 pm (#

    I am sending this to my Filipino daughter-in-law and saving it for me also. This looks delcious and reasy for the cold weather ahead.

  5. Betty Ann of AsianinAmericamag September 26, 2011 @ 6:08 pm (#

    Liren, thanks so much for guest posting on my blog ! What a terrific post! We love Beef Nilaga so much here at home. When I was growing up, we used to have it every Sunday. Love your photos and the great write-up. Thanks for showing everyone what a delicious dishes Filipinos can come up with on a budget! THANKS, BUDGET BUDDY!

  6. Lora ~ cakeduchess September 26, 2011 @ 6:47 pm (#

    Hi Liren-I will have to check out the post! Your Beef Nilaga looks so comforting and delicious.xx

  7. joy September 27, 2011 @ 6:10 am (#

    That is perfect especially now as it gets colder.

  8. The Travelling Chopsticks September 27, 2011 @ 6:22 am (#

    I found it quite incredible that someone thought it was expensive making asian dishes due to the ingredients…I think it would be more the fact that people can be intimidated! What a great sneak peak and a great way of dispelling any such notions! I have never had Beef Nilaga before, but I think I have to give it a try…we even have those ingredients here in Mexico :)

  9. Kimmi September 27, 2011 @ 7:08 am (#

    Just beautiful. Love the pics and the tasty, healthy recipe.

  10. Sandi G September 27, 2011 @ 8:17 am (#

    Yum! Your pictures really capture the great taste :)

  11. Sippitysup September 27, 2011 @ 8:59 am (#

    Every culture has pot roast. For a good reason too! This version looks like a winner. GREG

  12. joy sarsale September 27, 2011 @ 1:10 pm (#

    sorry – but i know this is completely by chance, but i saw this link from one of the food blogs i subscribe to. is this liren from the binghamtonics? (very random, i know!)

    • Liren replied: — September 27th, 2011 @ 1:17 pm

      Hi Joy! Well, yes, the one and only! Not too many Liren’s out there :) How are you!?! It’s so incredibly random that you should stumble upon me here! I hope you are well. Hugs!

  13. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts September 27, 2011 @ 1:34 pm (#

    This looks so comforting and delicious! Can’t wait to see the recipe!

  14. jinkzz September 27, 2011 @ 2:57 pm (#

    it has been awhile sinceI had nilaga… yummy

  15. Kita September 28, 2011 @ 6:44 am (#

    Wow, all I can recognize in my mind right now is the smell of crayons and pencils. Way to evoke that memory. This meal sounds comforting and hearty – perfect for this time of year.

  16. carolineadobo September 29, 2011 @ 1:49 am (#

    Nilagang Baka is one of those comfort foods. So glad it’s getting cooler, I have to make a big pot soon.

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  18. October 4, 2011 @ 7:23 am (#

    One of the food that i love here in my country, Philippines

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