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Nilagang Baka – Beef Soup

Program Contact: Julie Evenson, Extension Coordinator Supervisor SNAP-Ed
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  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking time: 2.5 hours
  • Servings: 6


  • 2 pounds beef shanks, bone-in
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 large onion, peeled and quartered
  • 1 teaspoon peppercorns
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 3 cobs of corn, husked and cut quarters
  • 2 medium potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 1 small cabbage, cut into wedges
  • 12 green beans, ends trimmed
  • salt to taste
  • green onions, optional


  1. In a pot, combine beef shanks, beef tendon, and water. Over medium heat, bring to a boil, skimming scum that floats on top.
  2. When clear of froth, add onions, peppercorns, and fish sauce.
  3. Lower heat, cover and cook at no more than a simmer for about 2 to 2 1/2 hours or until shanks are fork tender. Add more water as needed during cooking to maintain about 6 to 7 cups.
  4. Add corn and cook for about 5 to 7 minutes.
  5. Add potatoes and cook for about 5 minutes or until almost tender.
  6. Add green beans and cabbage and cook for another 2 to 4 minutes or until vegetables are tender yet crisp.
  7. Season with salt to taste. Ladle into serving bowls and garnish with chopped green onions, if desired. Serve hot.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving-446; Servings per container-2; Protein-56g; Total Fat-10.7g; Saturated Fat-3.6g; Cholesterol-118mg; Carbohydrate-31.8g; Fiber-5.9g; Sodium-594mg; Calcium-95mg; Iron-9mg; Potassium-1332mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice

This project was supported by an award from the US Department of the Treasury. Points of view in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the US Department of the Treasury. Grant funds are administered by the America Rescue Plan Act, Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds, Washington State Department of Agriculture.

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