Bulalo (Batangas Version)
lalo is a soup dish consisting of beef shanks and bone marrow. The original way of cooking this dish is to simply stew the beef shanks and bone marrow with added salt and pepper to season. Variations come into play when you use ingredients you may not have cooked before, such as adding oxtail and depending on what vegetables you would like to add to the dish - may it be a corn, plantain banana, string beans, onions, bokchoy, cabbage, garlic, ginger, potato, carrots, or pechay.
Bulalo is one of the most favorite dishes in the Philippines. It's a classic Filipino dish and its authenticity goes back during the pre-hispanic era when boiling, grilling, steaming, and roasting were the best known methods of cooking. Many believe that Bulalo originated in the regions of Southern Luzon in the Philippines but they are divided as to what particular city or province where it really fist started. Some believe that it first started in the province of Batangas where Bulalo is a very popular dish that there is no other food to symbolize the province but Bulalo. Others believe that it orginates in Tagaytay city in Cavite where you can find Bulalo in most of the restaurants anytime in the morning, noon and night time.
Normally, natives in Southern Luzon provinces of Laguna, Batangas, and Cavite stew the beef shanks with its bone marrow intact for long hours or even a day to extract most of the flavor from the beef shank and bone marrow.
For practical reason and to make life easy, pressure cooker is the best alternative in stewing the beef shank and beef marrow bones. Not only will it accelerate the cooking process but will save you a lot of time and effort as well.
- 2 lbs beef shank (with bone and marrow); cut in chunks
- 7 - 8 leaves of pechay cabbage
- 1 potato; quartered
- 1 onion; sliced
- 6 cloves garlic; crushed
- 2 corns; cut in halves
- 3 string beans; cut 3" long.
- 1/2 tablespoon peppercorns
- Salt to taste
- Fish sauce
Soy sauce Bulalo Cooking Instructions
- In a stockpot, stew the beef shank in low medium heat with salt, onion, garlic, and peppercorn until it becomes tender.
- Remove the scum that rises above the soup. Add more hot water if necessary to tenderize the meat.
- Add the potato. string beans and corn.
- When tender, add the cabbage.
- When cooked, season with fish sauce in preference to your taste, then serve.
- Boiling the Bulalo slowly and gently over low heat brings out the flavor of the meat, and keeps the meat very tender.
- If you want to expedite the cooking process, use "pressure cooker" to soften the beef shank. When tender, add the necessary ingredients.