Beef Lauya | Source: YouTube/panlasangpinoy
Beef Lauya | Source: YouTube/panlasangpinoy

Lauya Recipe—Savor the Comfort of Filipino Beef Soup

Christell Fatima M. Tudtud
Apr 20, 2024
08:30 A.M.
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The Lauya recipe offers a classic Filipino comfort food that hits the spot every time. Picture this: a rich beef soup simmering away on the stove, filling your home with its irresistible aroma. Simple yet profoundly satisfying.

Beef Lauya is a hearty concoction similar to another dish called "nilaga," featuring tender beef and an assortment of vegetables. What sets it apart are the aromatic touches of garlic, ginger, sugar, and sweet potatoes, which enrich its taste.

Beef Lauya also shares similarities with another Filipino classic, "pochero." Both dishes include beef, veggies, and savory broth, but pochero distinguishes itself with the addition of tomato sauce or paprika. Keep reading for a step-by-step recipe that'll whisk you away to the vibrant flavors of the Philippines, right in your own kitchen!

A bowl of Beef Lauya | Source: YouTube/LouieBoy

A bowl of Beef Lauya | Source: YouTube/LouieBoy

Beef Lauya Recipe


  • 3 pounds beef shank (bone-in), cut into serving pieces
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed and peeled
  • 1 large onion, peeled and halved
  • Small knob of fresh ginger, peeled and crushed
  • 1 teaspoon whole peppercorns
  • 1 large potato, peeled and cubed
  • 3 sweet potatoes (around 1 lb total), peeled and cubed
  • 3 ripe saba bananas (plantain), peeled and sliced diagonally
  • 1 small green cabbage, halved and cored
  • 1 small Napa cabbage, bottom trimmed
  • 2 Serrano peppers
  • Fish sauce or salt to taste
  • Brown sugar to taste, optional
Beef Lauya in a red pot | Source: YouTube/MarieAi

Beef Lauya in a red pot | Source: YouTube/MarieAi


  1. Place the beef in a large pot and cover it with water. Season with salt and bring to a boil over high heat. Skim off any scum that forms on the surface.
  2. Once boiling, reduce the heat to medium. Cover the pot and let the beef simmer for about two hours, or until it becomes fork-tender. Add more water during cooking if necessary.
  3. After the beef has simmered, increase the heat to medium-high. Add the garlic, onion, ginger, peppercorns, and potatoes to the pot. Cook everything together for 10 minutes.
  4. Incorporate the saba bananas, cabbages, and Serrano peppers. Continue to cook for an additional 10 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender.
  5. Fine-tune the flavor by adding fish sauce or salt to taste, and brown sugar if you like.
  6. Serve the beef lauya hot, accompanied by steamed rice. For added zest, offer fish sauce mixed with lemon juice on the side.
Beef Lauya in a brown pot | Source: YouTube/alingoday

Beef Lauya in a brown pot | Source: YouTube/alingoday

Beef Lauya and Its Variations

While this is the simpler version, there is also a slow-cooked beef lauya soup, a tasty and incredibly tender beef soup. Beef lauya, along with its pork knuckle variation, is like a warm hug in a bowl, capturing the heart and soul of Filipino cooking.

With their flavorful meats, veggies, and rich broth, these dishes create a delicious symphony of flavors that will make your taste buds dance. Whether you're cozying up on a chilly evening or hosting a family feast, these classic recipes bring smiles and satisfaction to everyone around the table.

If you want to explore more Filipino dishes, we've got you covered! Check out our article on the Beef Afritada recipe for another taste of Filipino flavors at home!"

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