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Bulalo is a beef dish from the Philippines. It is a light shaded soup that is made by cooking meat shanks and marrow bones until the collagen and fat has softened into the unmistakable stock. Bulalo is local toward the Southern Luzon area of the Philippines.

Numerous references have developed with respect to its starting point. One of it says that this kind of dish began from Batangas where you locate the numerous renditions of Bulalo. Other reference says that it really came from Tagaytay in which there are a great deal of cows.

Bulalo Recipe


  • 2 beef marrow bones (cut to expose marrow on one end) 
  • 1 pound beef shank 1 onion quartered 3 cloves garlic 
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns 2 tablespoons patis (fish sauce) salt (to taste)
  • 2 cobs corn (cut into 2-inch segments) 
  • 1 chayote (peeled and cubed) 
  • 3 baby bok choy (leaves separated)

Cooking Procedure:

  1. Boil a large pot of water. Add the marrow bones and beef shank and return to a boil. Continue boiling until you don’t see any more red blood coming from the meat or bones (about 10 minutes), then remove the meat and bones with tongs and scrub under cold water to remove any scum. Dump the water in the pot out and rinse the pot. This process rids the meat of excess blood and will ensure your soup is nice and clear.
  2. Return the cleaned meat and bones to the pot then add the onion, garlic, peppercorns and patis. Cover with water then bring it to a rolling boil and skim off any scum that accumulates.
  3. Reduce the heat to medium low. If you are using a pressure cooker, afix the lid and let it cook for 1 1/2 hours. If you’re not using a pressure cooker, simmer until the meat on the shank is fork tender (4-5 hours). Skim off any excessive fat from the top but do not remove it all (remember, fat=flavour). Transfer the meat and bones to a bowl, then strain the stock through a fine mesh sieve, discard the solids then return the meat and bones to the strained stock.
  4. Add the corn and chayote and simmer for another 20 minutes or until the chayote is tender. Salt to taste, then add the bok choy at the last minute. Serve with rice.

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