Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Nilasing na baka

We usually see men on the streets having a good time and drinking pale pilsen beer. It’s a common sight here in the country especially in places wherein the neighborhood bonding is strong. Drinking pale pilsen beer is usually a part of a celebration whether birthdays, baptisms, weddings, fiestas, etc. Many people also drink beer to drown their miseries.

I did drink beer when I was a teenager but not that I like the taste of it but out of peer pressure. You’re not “in” if you don’t drink. The bitterness of it doesn’t suit my taste.

According to Wikipedia, there are many different types of beer, each of which is said to belong to a particular style. A beer's style is a label that describes the overall flavor and often the origin of a beer, according to a system that has evolved by trial and error over many centuries.

A major component of determining the type of beer is the yeast used in the fermentation process. Most beer styles fall into one of two large families: ale, using top-fermenting yeast, or lager, using bottom-fermenting yeast. Beers that blend the characteristics of ales and lagers are referred to as hybrids.

Most of today's lager is based on the Pilsner style, pioneered in 1842 in the town of Plzeň, in the Czech Republic.

Since I don’t like the taste of beer straight from the mug/bottle, I instead used it in cooking. I got this Nilasing na Baka recipe from CMC (California Manufacturing Corporation).

1 bottle pale pilsen beer
1 kilo sirloin beef
Medium sized ginger, minced
6 stalks pandan, sliced and crushed
2 pcs. Knorr beef broth cubes
2 cups coconut milk
3 pcs. Siling labuyo
2 tbsp atsuete oil
½ tsp dried oregano
½ tsp basil
2 pcs red bell pepper, sliced
1 ½ tsp Knorr Liquid Seasoning
1 cup coconut cream
2 tbsp spring onions, chopped

1. In a saucepan, combine beer, beef, ginger, pandan, Knorr broth cubes, and the coconut milk.
Simmer until beef is tender.
2. Add sili, atsuete oil, basil, oregano, pepper, and Knorr Liquid Seasoning. Simmer for 5
minutes. Stir in coconut cream and the remaining ingredients. Cook until done. Garnish with
spring onion before serving.

I followed the recipe but forgot to buy atsuete, that’s why it lacks in color. And I also add 1 tsp of sugar to neutralize the spiciness. What can I say about the taste? Its taste resembles a lot to beef with curry because of the spices and herb I used.


JMom said...

Hi Lani, thanks for dropping by my blog, Happy New Year to you and your family also!

I too would rather cook with beer rather than drink it. I love beef stews with stout guinness. I'll have to try this with the coconut cream though, it sound interesting, it puts a pinoy twist to it.

Lani said...

Thank you also for dropping by, JMom.

Happy cooking and eating!

watson said...

Hello Lani! Thanks for dropping by my blog! Oooh, another food blog to visit! Link kita ha! Love your blog.

My, I like to drink my beer, but not Pale Pilsen. San Mig Light is my preference. I haven't tasted food with beer in it yet though. Masubukan nga ito minsan...

Lani said...

Hi, Watson. Yap, masarap ang pale pilsen beer sa food.

I haven't yet tried SanMig light, sabi nila ok daw ang taste, di bitter.

Okay lang i-link ang blog ko.

thess said...

Hi Lani!

this looks really good and I'm really thinking of trying this because I've never mixed beer & cocomilk before...

I wonder if my husband is allowed to have this though, bawal beer or any alcohol kasi sa kanya

anyway, thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

wow cool blog you got here.ill follow all you recepies :) looks so so yummy !

try visiting my blog too if you have time.

drstel said...

hi lani, naku i can't wait to try this, i can imagine how the beer and coconut milk will taste together...i have tried that combination with potatoes and Indian curry and it's really great!
pakopya ha? ;)

ting-aling said...

Hi Lani..parang similar 'to sa Beef Rendang but I will try it someday..Thanks for the visit.

stef said...

yum, mukhang masarap na pulutan 'yan ah! not that i'm a drinker, but still...:D

Lani said...

Siguro pwede rin ito sa hubby mo kasi nag-eevaporate naman ang alcohol sa tagal ng pagluluto. Pero ask your doctor din para sigurado :)

I always have time to visit your blog, medyo adik ako sa internet :)

Okay lang kopyahin, no problem. Masarap laluna pag maanghang.

Miss you na, nabasa mo na ba ang comment ko sa blog mo asking for permission para sa pic ng igado?

Oo nga, itry ko nga minsan pulutan para sa sanmig light, sabi kasi ni watson di daw bitter iyon.

sha said...

never had coconut and beer mix but the alcohol actually evaporates it softens the meat yes.

galing ng name ng food na to!

ting-aling said...


Hay naku, I don't think I'm done reading all my messages yet. I might not have gotten to that part yet pero go ahead, you can use my picture.

Lani said...

Name pa lang nakakalasing na :)

Thanks a lot!