Master This Simple Nilaga Recipe And You Can Cook Any Soupy Recipe

Some of the most delicious dishes require boiling.

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Master this most basic of cooking techniques, and you can cook anything that requires you to boil anything in water. 

First, you have to learn how to master the art of the nilaga recipe.

How do you boil food? 

It may sound rather elementary but there is a correct way to do it. This is the main cooking tip you need to know to boil food right: 

Add the water, aromatics, and the meat before you turn on the flame.  

Take the pot you plan on using for the nilaga, add all the aromatics and the meat, then fill it with enough water to cover. 

Only after these have gone in the pot do you turn on the flame. Bring it to a boil then lower the heat to a simmer. Skim off the scum that rises to the top as it simmers and discard. Keep the water at a low simmer so the meat benefits from a long and slow simmer

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It's really one of the simplest ways to cook a dish and also one of the most flavorful

If you're raring to cook something this simple, here are the recipes we think you should give a chance: 

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1 Beef Nilaga Recipe   

Before you can experiment and make more complicated recipes, you have to master the original first. Here, a simple beef nilaga recipe is given its due honor with the basic flavors of beef, cabbage, potatoes, and the seasonings: patis, peppercorns, and all that beefy flavor. 

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Bulalo Recipe 

If you think about it, bulalo is really a beef nilaga with a tiny tweak in flavor. It's given a little sweetness from the fresh corn cobs that are simmered with the beef! The cabbage is also replaced with pechay Tagalog and the beef chunks, with a beef shank which gives it amazing flavor from the marrow as well the bones. Plus, instead of seasoning the broth with patis, it's instead left out so each sip is a powerful burst of beefy soup. You can season it however you wish when it's served on the table. There's a reason why patis is one of the many condiments found on a Pinoy dining table. 

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There's no need to travel all the way to Tagaytay just for a sip of this! 

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3 Kansi Recipe 

The kansi is an Ilonggo recipe, and it's a fantastic one! One sip and you will be reminded that it's similar to a nilaga recipe and a beef sinigang recipe in one soupy dish. What you get is the unique taste of the kansi. It's made even more appetizing with the boost of sourness from the kamias, the interesting green langka with its edible seed and some sili for a little heat, if desired.  

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4 Hinalang Recipe 

This is the spicy version of the nilaga! Take all the ingredients you love about the nilaga and replace some of its ingredients with bell pepper, a little ginger, and of course, some siling labuyo. What you get this spicy beef nilagang recipe that's commonly served in Davao.

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5 Spicy Beef With Chili-Ginger Sauce Recipe 

This is one spicy beef dish you will need lots of rice! This beef ribs dish is not only swimming in a flavorful broth with two kinds of chilis - siling labuyo and siling pangsigang - the sauce that's served with it is packed with more chilis, too. 

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6 Pocherong Bisaya Recipe 

Pochero comes in many forms, and in this Visayan version, it's a clear soupy dish that looks more like a bulalo than a pochero. This version omits the tomatoes in favor tanglad or lemongrass to give the broth its signature lemony flavor.  

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7 Pho Bo Recipe 

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An authentic pho is actually quite complicated to make. You'll need time to develop the flavors for the soup. However, if you make a homemade chicken or beef stock yourself when you have extra time on your hands, you can cut the cooking time when you want to make recipes such as this. This is an easy recipe that doesn't require hours of simmering to get the flavors you are looking for. Instead, you'll need a less than an hour to make this version. 

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8 Corned Beef Sinigang Recipe

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You can get a hunk of corned beef from a local deli store to make this awesome version of the sinigang! The corned beef's saltiness is the seasoning for the sinigang and just like miso paste, it works wonders to the dish. It not only makes for a fantastic soup you can slurp, but it is also incredibly hearty, too. 

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9 Lemongrass Beef Stew Recipe 

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Tanglad or lemongrass must be a favorite among soup lovers because it's a common ingredient in many of the soupy dishes! That's great news because it really is a fantastic flavor paired with beef. In this recipe, it's a simple beef stew made even better with a few choice ingredients including the lemongrass, alugbati, kamote, and luyang dilaw.  

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10 Asian Beef Stew Recipe 

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Most stews are usually simmered until the soup that it was cooked in is reduced and has thickened to a consistency that's more viscous. However, what soups and stews have it common is the fact that both need to be simmered until tender. Then it's just a matter of stirring in all the other ingredients to make it taste different and better than anything else you've had lately. This recipe packs in the Asian flavors - cinnamon, star anise, soy sauce, and sesame oil - into one delicious pot.    

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