Pinoy Picadillo (Minced Beef Soup)

We had this dish a few days back. (Backlogs, yes!)
I've made this recipe a few times already but it's only recently that I learned that I can actually call it Picadillo.

Picadillo means 'minced meat' in Spanish. Filipinos (like me) most often associate it with ground meat, specifically beef. If I got it right, Latin American Picadillo is prepared more like our Carioca or Arroz Ala Cubana (which is another 'imported' dish).

This Picadillo version is very easy to prepare. I think this is a very good alternative to Pork or Beef Nilaga, which is one of the most requested dishes when someone's sick in our house. The ground/minced beef is easier to chew and the vegetables make it nutritious.
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Pinoy Picadillo (Minced Beef Soup)

1/2kg ground beef
2T garlic, minced
2T onion, minced
1T ginger, minced
1/4kg tomatoes, peeled and diced finely
3T soy sauce (fish sauce is also okay)
1 beef bouillion cube
3L water (about 12-13cups)
1/2kg potatoes, cut into 1/4" cubes
1/2kg cabbage, cut into 1/4" squares
salt and pepper to taste

How to do it:
Saute the onion, garlic, ginger and tomatoes in a pot.
Add the ground beef and stir until cooked.
Add the water and beef cube and bring it to a boil.
Skim off the scum that may come up the surface of the broth.
Add the soy sauce and the potatoes and simmer until the potatoes are cooked.
Add the cabbage and season with salt and pepper.
Serve hot!

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*I think this recipe is good for about 10 people. Reduce and adjust if you need more or less. =)




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