Mechadong Baka (Beef Mechado)
Mechadong baka is beef stew in tomato sauce, potatoes and carrots. A Filipino dish very similar to kalderatang baka and I always can’t tell the difference between the two when I see these dishes. They both have tomato sauce and potatoes but I always forget that carrot is not included in kaldereta.
This mechado beef recipe version is not the conventional way, which is cooking the raw beef in the pot with the tomato sauce and spices until the meat is tender, this one, you have to stir fry the beef first which I bet enhances the flavor of the dish.
- 1 kilo beef, cut into bite size pieces
- 4 cloves garlic, crushed
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 pcs potatoes, cut into quarters
- 1 carrot, cut into cubes
- 2 tsp. lemon juice o calamansi juice
- 2 tsp. soy sauce
- 1 cup tomato sauce
- 1 pc bay leaves or laurel leaves
- salt to taste
- 1 tsp. black pepper
- 2 cups water
- cooking oil
- When buying the beef, choose the meat with a little tendon. Cut the beef into bite size pieces.
- On a heavy skillet heat oil and stir fry the beef for a few minutes until it turns light brown. Set aside.
- On the skillet where you fry the beef, remove excess oil and retain at least 1 tablespoon.
- Saute garlic and onion until cooked and add the water, lemon juice or calamansi juice, soy sauce, pepper, tomato sauce, laurel leaves, salt and the beef.
- Simmer in low fire until the meat is tender. Then add the potatoes and carrots.
- Simmer for a few minutes until the potatoes and carrots are cooked.
- Tip: it is better to simmer the beef in low fire so the meat will release it's flavor.