Nilagang Baboy Recipe (Pork Nilaga): Filipino boiled beef soup

                by Joost Nusselder | Updated:  June 5, 2021

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Nilagang Baboy Recipe is the newer version of Boiled Beef soup associated with the peasant class back in the day.

It’s locally called Nilagang Baka (cow’s meat) and has seen several adaptations. This pork version uses the same ingredients but you can cook it at a much faster time.

It’s the right dish to prepare if you’re pressed for time. It gives as many nutrients as the beef version can give. You can also use different cuts of pork for this dish.

The most common are the pork belly (Liempo), Tadyang (pork ribs), and Pata (leg part). These are the parts that give the pork the most flavor, especially if with bones.

Nilagang Baboy Recipe (Pork Nilaga)

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The original boiled beef may have been for people from the lower class. But today, it’s not that low-cost to prepare such a dish anymore.

Prices have gone up and every food item is not as cheap as before. Yet, this Nilagang Baboy Recipe is still cheaper compared to the beef version.

And, it’s a good dish to prepare for people suffering from diarrhea or hyperacidity.

Here in the Philippines, it’s also a staple, together with Sinigang (sour stew soup) when people get sick with flu.

Also check out our recipe on how to cook tokwat baboy

Nilagang Prok ingredients

Nilagang Baboy Recipe (Pork Nilaga)

Nilagang baboy recipe

Joost Nusselder
People often remember the Nilagang Baboy Recipe during the rainy season. It’s hot broth, meat, and vegetables when you put on steaming rice is wonderful comfort food.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Main Course
Cuisine Filipino
Servings 5 people
Calories 449 kcal


  • 1 kilo Pork
  • 4 cloves Garlic
  • 1 medium Onion
  • Pechay
  • Pepper corn
  • 2 pcs Corn cut into 3
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 1 Pork Broth cube
  • Msg (Optional)
  • 1 Banana


  • Prepare all the ingredients. Garlic, onions, pechay, Corn, salt, pepper corn, pork broth cubes.
  • Boil for 30 mins the pork (until tender)
  • Add onions, garlic, pork broth cubes, salt, & pepper corn
  • Add the Corn and wait till cooked or becomes soft.
  • Add some water of needed.
  • Adjust according to taste, add some salt or Patis instead.
  • Add the Banana and wait for 5 mins.
  • Add the Pechay and cook for 5 mins
  • Serve


Calories: 449kcal
Keyword Nilagang, Pork
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You can cook the Nilagang Baboy Recipe the way you’ll cook pochero, with only a few modifications.

Nilaga is the dish the home cooks prepare on ordinary days, while the pochero version is the more special and is seen during celebrations.

It’s mostly made up of pork, potatoes, pechay (bok choy), onions, and repolyo (cabbage). You can also add carrots and sibuyas na mura (spring onions).

Some people also put whole black peppercorns for aromatics.

Also read: this is how you cook a delicious giniling with repolyo cabbage

Bowl of Nilagang Baboy with Mais

People often remember the Nilagang Baboy Recipe during the rainy season. It’s hot broth, meat, and vegetables when you put on steaming rice is wonderful comfort food.

However, it’s still nice to eat this dish on any day or when you’ve had overload from salty and greasy foods.

It’s lighter than many dishes and people trying to watch their weight are okay to eat this. The only thing they’ll have to avoid is eating the fatty part of the pork.

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Joost Nusselder, the founder of Bite My Bun is a content marketer, dad and loves trying out new food with Japanese food at the heart of his passion, and together with his team he's been creating in-depth blog articles since 2016 to help loyal readers with recipes and cooking tips.