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Vegetable Beef Soup:

My Vegetable Beef Soup is a Filipino Dish which is my version of "Nilagang Baka", a Filipino dish, that is easy to make and requires simple ingredients. It's a very comforting dish and this comes from the ever tender and rich beef cube slices and satisfying texture of the vegetables. This dish is also a perfect match with ramen noodles.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 40 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Filpino
Servings 4 people


  • 2 lbs. beef chuck or sirloin in cubed optional: marinate it with soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce and ground pepper
  • 1/2 head green cabbage quartered
  • 5 pcs. golden potatoes whole
  • 1/2 whole red onion quartered
  • 2 pcs. green onions whole
  • 1 pc. star anise pinch of all spice powder
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 tbsp. whole black peppercorns
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce optional
  • 1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce marinating sauce
  • 3 tbsp. soy sauce marinating sauce
  • 1/2 tsp ground pepper add to marinating sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Pat the beef to dry and slice into bite size pieces.
  • Optional: Place the sliced bite sized beef into a medium bowl and marinate in 1 tbsp of Worcestershire sauce, 3 tbsp of soy sauce and 1/2 tsp. of ground black pepper. Place covered in the refrigerator for at least an hour.
  • Combine the beef broth and water in a large cooking pot. Add the onion, star anise, whole black peppercorns, green onions, beef and potatoes. Cover the pot and bring to boil.
  • Reduce the heat into medium low and simmer for 1 to 1.5 hours or until tender. Add more water if needed.
  • Once the beef is tender, remove the green onions and red onions. Then add the cabbage, sugar, jalapeno, lemon juice, salt and pepper and stir. Note you can add a tablespoon of fish sauce instead of salt.
  • Cover and let it cook for another 5 minutes or until the cabbage is cooked.
  • Transfer to a serving bowl and enjoy it with steamed rice or your favorite noodles.
Keyword beef soup, vegetable beef soup