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Saturday, March 27, 2010

Ground beef with vine spinach a.k.a alugbati

This tastes better than pinakbet, the dish we all knew. This is a favorite among Ilonggos as this vegetable mix brings back memories of home. Alugbati or vine spinach brings out the best in the beef soup. I believe some regions only considers alugbati as a horticultural plant and not one for the kitchen. Try this recipe and you'll know what i mean.

2T canola oil
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
250g ground beef
salt, pepper and powdered oregano to taste
6-8 cups water
1/2 beef broth cube (optional)
2 chili pepper, tail pinched
2 cups squash, cubed
2 cups string beans, 1.5-inch long
1 cup eggplants, quartered and cut into 1.5-inch long
1 patola, cut into 1/4-inch round
1 bunch alugbati

Saute garlic and onion. Add beef and season with salt, pepper and oregano. Stir-fry for a little while and add water. Add broth cube if desired. Bring to boil. Add all vegetables except alugbati. Let cook for 3 to 5 minutes. Adjust taste with salt and pepper. Add alugbati and cover. Remove from fire. Let stand for 2 minutes in order for the leaves to wilt. Serve with rice.

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