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Filipino-Batangas "Bulalo" Recipe

Bulalo 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.

Bulalo Filipino Recipe Photo

Bulalo ng Batangas Photo

Bulalo Ingredients:

1 kilo beef shank (with bone and marrow); cut in chunks
1 small head cabbage (repolyo); quartered
1/4 kilo Chinese cabbage (pechay)
2 potatoes; quartered
1 onion; sliced
4 cloves garlic; crushed
2 corns; cut in halves
3/4 tablespoon peppercorns
Salt to taste
Fish sauce
1 lemon or 5 kalamansi
Soy sauce

Bulalo Cooking Instructions:

Fry potatoes in 3 minutes. Set aside

In a stock pot, stew the beef shank (with bone and marrow) with salt, onion, and garlic for at least one hour. Remove the scum that rises above the soup. Add more hot water if necessary. When beef is fork tender, add the corn, potato, and peppercorns. Let stand for 5 minutes. Add cabbage and Chinese cabbage. Season with fish sauce according to taste.

Remove from fire and serve hot with a mixture consisting of soy sauce and lemon or kalamansi juice.

Cooking Tip:

Boiling the Bulalo slowly and gently over low heat brings out the flavor of the meat, and keeps the meat very tender.

But but but....if you don't have much time and you want to expedite the cooking process, use "pressure cooker" to soften the meat of the beef shank or oxtail. When tender, add the necessary ingredients.

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Comments (44)

masarap tlga taktakin mo man o sipsipin mo man ang boto sarap pa rin basta hindi over cook ang vegie, super sarap tlga, special nga tlga ang luto sa Batangas, im from Bicol but i like batangas bulalo. If you got the right meat u got the best cooking, depends on the meat. yummy!!!
#44 - vaebs - 03/29/2013 - 21:58
ang bulalong batangas ay walang gulay. minsan mais lang nilalagay namin at onion spring...minsan onion spring lang
#43 - kamutz - 11/21/2012 - 22:48
anise
mas malasa pg nlagyan ng star anise...:-D
#42 - pau182 - 09/12/2012 - 09:40
Bulalo
ask ko lang po, san s batangas may makukuhanan ng karne for the bulalo, may particular n bagsakan po b somewhere?
#41 - JSoriano - 08/28/2012 - 08:22
Sebo
Pakuluan muna ang Bulala o Ox Tail ng isang oras. Palamigin kasama ang sabaw at ilagay sa Ref ng magdamag. Kinabukasan makikita mo ang matigas na sebo na nakaibabaw sa sabaw. Tanggalin at saka iluto and iyong recipeng Bulalo.
#40 - Roland S. Avelino - 07/30/2012 - 02:23
masarap talaga ang bulalo kung ano ung nakakaatake ng puso un ang masarap hehe,wala ng tatalo pa sa lutong pinoy!!
#39 - obeth gutierrez - 07/16/2012 - 03:58
BULALOHHHHH
Sarap n2 Magpaluto nga ako kay Mommy!:-P
#38 - Jerric - 07/07/2012 - 21:55
masarap sa kumain sa bulalo eh sa pasay sa may holiday pero bitin ako at ka batrip ang bantay dun....nag oper saken ng unli rice... tama bang mawalan ng back up ng rice...????????????? at take note matapang pa ang bantay dun ah....
#37 - Mr.benjie ligsa - 06/04/2012 - 10:15
mas masarap pag nilagyan ng carrots
#36 - di nga - 05/29/2012 - 20:26
bulalo
marami n akong natikman n bulalo batangas p rin ang d best...:-D
#35 - omellrabe - 05/24/2012 - 08:29
chef
first brown the oxtail and the bone marrow. add garlic onions until translucent.add peppercorns and fish sauce.add crushed lemon grass and let it boil. then let it simmer until the beef is tender. add potatoes and chinesse cabage and bokchoy. to bind the taste add some squeeze of lemon or kalamansi. enjoy
#34 - Rebecca Miranda - 11/17/2011 - 04:10
lucena
:-Otikman nyo rin dito sa lucena city ang bulalo at ung goto mga laman loob ng baka ang sAHOG .. talagA Namamg papamisan ka...tips ito ang ipakain nyo sa asawa nyo na bagong panganak para lumakas agad
#33 - Johnny boy - 09/18/2011 - 17:29
bulalo papuntang batangas
pagka umakyat ka sa batangas ay marami kang madadaan na nagluluto ng bulalo at ang ginagamit na lutuan ay drum k'se ang drum ay manipis ang metal (meaning mas madaling uminit) at tuloy tuloy ang heating by charcoal or slow fire para lumambot ng lumambot. pagka mas malambot ay mas masarap (hmm..don't get me wrong ikaw ha ) :-) at tsa'ka para mainit parin pagka may nag order na cutomer syempre...

masarap din yung buko pie na binibinta doon. bili ka na rin...tip lang naman ;-)
#32 - Myra - 09/13/2011 - 11:24
Mr.
Gusto kong malaman kung bakit gamit may gumagamit nang drum sa pagluto nang bulalo. Non stop ang pagpapakulo sa buto at masarap siya! Totoo bang 24/7 ang pakulo at gaanong katagal bago palitan nang mga buto nang baka? salamat po! - jaboneros@hotmail.com
#31 - Paeng - 09/12/2011 - 18:26
pampabata
pambata ito pero astig kahit ibang lahi dito sa dubai napapakain ko masarap daw kumpara sa soup nila
#30 - melvin - 09/11/2011 - 00:50
sarap
:-P
ang chalap-chalap naman ng bulalong yan,, ma-try nga para maz tumibay ang tuhod...hahahahahah
#29 - Kinglion - 08/17/2011 - 03:44
ang bulalo ay pareho lang ba ng balbakuwa of dumaguete? will somebody help me?
#28 - fbandilaan@yahoo.com - 08/10/2011 - 04:54
bulalo
Sana i price din para guide for business.
#27 - Nnylo's - 08/10/2011 - 01:01
BULALO
Sa aking experience mas ok kung lalagyan nyo rin ng lemon grass so..... yummy i try nyo.
#26 - BUENA A. LOPEZ - 06/27/2011 - 00:15
:-D sarap
#25 - justine - 06/24/2011 - 19:06
Cebu and Davao Journey
The Batangas Bulalo is proven to be the best Bulalo in the Philippines. I've tasted myself when my Dad's friend who is a Batangueno cooked us like this one here.

This recipe is included in my top 5 best Filipino Soups.:-)
#24 - Nonoy - 06/24/2011 - 02:25
minor tips
everybody commented how good the oxtail soup in las vegas it is really good but being filipino we can revise or modified the recipe. we did it and its really good , use ginger than garlic also. everyone knows also who been at the california hotel in las vegas what they served with their oxtail soup. do the same thing with our bulalo its gooooooood
#23 - nancy - 06/20/2011 - 17:10
bulalo
;-)masarap talaga ito pag walang pambili
#22 - raffy - 06/11/2011 - 22:30
my recipe
mas masarap..tlga bulalo lalo n s hang over
#21 - chris - 06/07/2011 - 08:24
:-D nakakatuwa naman.. kahit papano nadagdagan ang idea ko.. at naishare ko sa mom ko.. may bulalohan kac kami and because of this we decided to add some more recipes so that it will taste so great than before.
#20 - celine - 03/26/2011 - 01:20
bulalo
miz q bulalo,iba't iba recipes pati way of cooking! Ako luya inila2gay ko pangalis ng amoy maanggo ng baka,at binabanlian ko ng kumukulong tubig ang karne para maalis ung maruming dugo! At alam nyo ba? Mas masarap kpag nilagyan ng fresh tokwa, yummy talaga!
#19 - Mercedita C.Pacheco - 03/06/2011 - 08:56
bulalo
grrrrr ....naka2takam nman ng pic. ng bulalo yammy hehe
bigla 2loy aqng gnutom kso nd me mrunong magluto
#18 - augie may - 02/22/2011 - 04:44
bulalo mas masarap pa sa porno
sarap talaga ng bulalo yang picture na yan parang gusto konang kainin ang monitor
#17 - sarap ng bulalo - 02/08/2011 - 11:18
SALAMAT S INFO MAGLULUTO AQ MAMAYA HEHE....
#16 - SONNY - 02/01/2011 - 19:43
@ nancy aragon

sundan mo yung sinabi ni loralie sa comment #2. yun ang authentic batangas bulalo. ang alam ko sa fried rice pagka hinalo mo sa mainit na tubig ay barako coffee yun. therefore pagka hinalo mo ang fried rice sa bulalo ay baka barakong bulalo yun:-)
#15 - nikha - 01/29/2011 - 17:17
bulalo
bakit ang brother in law ko, nilalagyan pa ng bigas na fried? alam nyo ba anong kalseng bulalo eto? sabi nya, sa maynila raw, ganoon ba ang bulalo?
#14 - nancy aragon - 01/29/2011 - 15:08
hay nakakamiss ang mga pagkain sa Pinas sana makauwi ako sa susunod na pasko. Mahirap hanapin ang buntot ng baka sa New Zealand. Nakakatakam ang mga pagkaing pinoy
#13 - sally - 12/27/2010 - 02:43
:-D MASARAP KUNG LALAGYAN MO NG SAGING NA SABA. PAG SERVED LAGYAN NG DAHON SIBUYAS SA IBABAW OK GID.
#12 - JUN ESTERNON - 12/18/2010 - 01:30
ano ang mas msrap may garlic o ginger?
ask ko lang po ano ang mas mgnda ilagay ginger o garlic kz tayo p ako bus. gus2 ko isama s menu ko ang bulalo...ano po mas msarap?slamt po
#11 - lyn - 12/06/2010 - 23:36
bulalo
Keep up the good food more power and expand more delicious food mabuhay!
#10 - jay - 11/17/2010 - 23:35
:-D i love this!!!sarap tlga ng bulal0!!!pag npapnta kau ng batangas try nyo ang rose n grace sa sto tomas batangas,grabe!miss ko n!GO PINOY!
#9 - ala eh' - 10/27/2010 - 12:25
sarap talaga ng bulalo pag pinoy ang magluto;-)
#8 - wood_stock68@ yahoo.com - 08/27/2010 - 21:46
anybody knows exactly what restaurant you could get the oxtail soup at California Hotel in Las Vegas?
#7 - John Majam - 08/25/2010 - 20:46
AUTHENTIC BULALO
in fairness to Loralie's comment I would definitely agree to replace the garlic with ginger because my Irish husband love to eat bulalo and it's his first time and he truly love the taste that's why I keep on cooking bulalo now every week. thanks for your recipes and effort to share it with us.
#6 - rosemarie - 08/11/2010 - 14:08
Bulalo pinoy
I'm so glad I found your website, my daughter who grew-up in the philippines who love filipino dishes ask me to cook bulalo that she has been craving for a long time. So searching the web of so many different recipes, I found your recipe the best in all of them. So, thank you so much, keep up this site "GOD" bless you.
#5 - Edna Gleason - 07/22/2010 - 09:39
bulalo
karagdagan lang para sa mga walang pressure cooker sa bahay pwede nyong gamitin ang yelo para madaling palambutin ang buntot o laman ng baka.pakuluan lang ng isang oras tapos ilagay ang yelo hayaan nyo na kumulo hanggang 30 minutes saka nyo tingnan ang niluluto nyo. kung ang buntot ng baka kapag lulutuin mo pwedeng umabot hangang 5 or anim na oras pwede nyo lang maluto un hanggang 3 oras.
#4 - arvi - 05/28/2010 - 09:52
Bulalo
Mas maganda e bulalo ang Oxtail(buntot ng baka) kaysa buto ng baka na may bone marrow. Pag nagawi kayo ng Las Vegas, Nevada subukan ninyo humigop ng oxtail soup sa California hotel sa old downtown area ng Las Vegas...super sarap..seguradong hindi tatayo ng husto si manoy! At kung magawi naman kayo ng Oahu,Hawaii hanapin ninyo ang Zippy's at meyroon din silang "oxtail soup" super ang sarap.
#3 - danny - 04/02/2010 - 16:38
:-o for authentic batangas bulalo taste, omit the garlic in the recipe. What you need to add here is ginger. If you want a richer texture, aside from using beef shanks, also use Ox tail. Make sure you clean the meat well by washing it and soaking it in a brine solution for several hours. ( Salt + Water + kalamansi)
#2 - Loralie - 03/31/2010 - 16:44
ang sarap nang pinoy food miss kuna ang philippines
#1 - maria - 03/20/2010 - 19:44
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