Mommy Bing’s Beef Mechado

Hello everyone! Today’s recipe is so special, I really need to include my mom’s name on it to honour him for inspiring me to make this dish.

So as we all know we only have a couple of days before the big day of all the wonderful Mom’s around the globe.

Please treat your Mom like a real Queen on their special day. At least give them a once a year day-off on her daily house choirs.

Cook for her, wash the dishes for her, feed the dogs and all the things that your Mom usually do everyday.

Honestly, I have never done it to my Mom. I spend most of my time onboard and when I was at home on Mother’s day, I’m too busy with my own family. One day it will be too late for me to show how much I love my Mom and I will be very sorry for myself.

I guess I’m too young to realize how much my Mom means to me and too old to accept my mistakes.

But I also believe its never too late show love to someone that really cares for you.

This Beef Mechado is one of the food that really reminds me of my Mommy Bing. I can still remember that dinner, the perfect tenderness of the beef, the natural sweet tangy taste of the sauce and a happy family around the our dining table enjoying a one course meal with a lot of hot steamed rice. That memory is priceless!

That’s how powerful a wonderful dish can be! A co-blogger once told me that a good food is like a portal that you can time travel back to the place where you first enjoyed that special meal.

Well before we go somewhere else, let’s go to my galley and start preparing this Beef Mechado.

Mommy Bing's Beef Mechado
Mommy Bing’s Beef Mechado
Photo by Nino Almendra

Now on with the cooking…

Mommy Bing’s Beef Mechado

Prep. time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 3 hours

Difficulty: Easy

Good for 12 crew as a 2nd Main Course

You will need;

1.5 kg. beef brisket, cut into chunks

2 Tbsp. cooking oil

2 Tbsp. unsalted butter

1 tsp. #Seasonin

8 cloves garlic, peeled and minced

200 grms. onions, coarsely chopped

400 grms. fresh tomatoes, cut into wedges or 1 can/400grms. tomato peeled

3 pcs. bay leaves

1 Tbsp. sweet paprika powder

2 Tbsp. fish sauce

2 Tbsp. soya sauce

4 cups. beef soup stock or water

200 grms. potatoes, cut into chunks

200 grms. carrots, sliced 1 cm thick

200 grms. red bell peppers

1 Tbsp. sugar

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Direction;

Heat the oil and butter on a large cooking pot.

Add the beef brisket and sear on very high heat.

Add #Seasonin to give extra taste to the beef brisket.

Stir once in a while until the juice is drying up.

Add the garlic, onions, tomatoes and bay leaves.

Stir until the tometoes had softened. Add the paprika powder.

Pour in the fish sauce, soya sauce and soup stock or water.

Stir and bring it to a boil.

Cover the cooking pot with lid and let it simmer on low heat for 2-3 hours or until the beef brisket is soft and ready.

Take out from heat and set aside for a while to allow the excess oil to float.

Scoop out all excess oil on top and discard.

Add the carrots and potatoes. Stir and bring it back to heat and boil.

Lower heat and cover cooking pot with lid. Let it cook until carrots and potatoes are ready.

Discard the bay leaves. Add the sugar and red bell peppers.

Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.

Garnish with freshly chopped parsley.

Transfer to a serving dish and serve warm with hot steamed rice.

Enjoy your meal !!! 😉

Here’s how I do it;

Mommy Bing's Beef Mechado
Heat the oil and butter on a large cooking pot.
Mommy Bing's Beef Mechado
Add the beef brisket
Mommy Bing's Beef Mechado
… and sear on very high heat.
Mommy Bing's Beef Mechado
Add #Seasonin to give extra taste to the beef brisket.
Mommy Bing's Beef Mechado
Stir once in a while until the juice is drying up.
Mommy Bing's Beef Mechado
Add the garlic, onions, tomatoes and bay leaves.
Mommy Bing's Beef Mechado
Add the garlic, onions, tomatoes and bay leaves.
Mommy Bing's Beef Mechado
Stir until the tometoes had softened.
Mommy Bing's Beef Mechado
Add the paprika powder.
Mommy Bing's Beef Mechado
Pour in the fish sauce,
Mommy Bing's Beef Mechado
… soya sauce
Mommy Bing's Beef Mechado
and soup stock or water.
Mommy Bing's Beef Mechado
Stir and bring it to a boil.
Mommy Bing's Beef Mechado
Cover the cooking pot with lid and let it simmer on low heat for 2-3 hours or until the beef brisket is soft and ready.
Mommy Bing's Beef Mechado
Take out from heat and set aside for a while to allow the excess oil to float.
Mommy Bing's Beef Mechado
Scoop out all excess oil on top and discard.
Mommy Bing's Beef Mechado
Add the carrots and potatoes.
Mommy Bing's Beef Mechado
Stir and bring it back to heat and boil.
Mommy Bing's Beef Mechado
Lower heat and cover cooking pot with lid. Let it cook until carrots and potatoes are ready.
Mommy Bing's Beef Mechado
Discard the bay leaves.
Mommy Bing's Beef Mechado
Add the sugar
Mommy Bing's Beef Mechado
… and red bell peppers.
Mommy Bing's Beef Mechado
Stir red bell pepper.
Mommy Bing's Beef Mechado
Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.
Mommy Bing's Beef Mechado
Garnish with freshly chopped parsley.
Mommy Bing's Beef Mechado
Mommy Bing’s Beef Mechado
Photo by Nino Almendra
Mommy Bing's Beef Mechado
Mommy Bing’s Beef Mechado
Photo by Nino Almendra

Enjoy your meal !!! 😉

” BTW, the recipe above is my own version. I never ask my Mom’s recipe of her Beef Mechado

for the reason that I only like to enjoy it when she’s the one who prepares it.

And I know I can’t beat her Beef Mechado, and that I’m sure!”

Thanks alot for spending your precious time on my blog and hope this recipe encourage

you to try cooking some Beef Mechado on Mother’s Day for your wonderful Mom.


 

The Moon and stars

When you see a moon at night, keep in mind that is your mom watching over you…

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY TO ALL YOU WONDERFUL MOMMY!!!


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One comment

  1. Nino, this looks absolutely DELICIOUS. This is just my kind of comfort food, and it’s so fitting that it comes from your mother. Thank you for sharing this special recipe with us 🙂

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