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Beef Bulalo is a classic Filipino dish known for its hearty and flavorful broth, tender beef shanks, and a variety of vegetables. This dish is perfect for cold weather or when you're craving a comforting and satisfying meal. Here is a detailed recipe to help you create the perfect Beef Bulalo:


- 2 pounds beef shanks (bone-in)

- 1 onion, quartered

- 4 cloves garlic, minced

- 2 tablespoons cooking oil

- 1 tablespoon fish sauce

- 1 tablespoon whole black peppercorns

- 2 bay leaves

- 1 medium-sized cabbage, quartered

- 4 medium-sized corn on the cob, cut into thirds

- 4 medium-sized potatoes, peeled and quartered

- 1 bunch bok choy, ends trimmed

- Salt, to taste

- Ground black pepper, to taste

- Spring onions for garnish (optional)


1. Start by preparing the beef shanks. Heat the cooking oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Sear the beef shanks on all sides until they are browned. This process helps to enhance the flavor of the broth. Remove the beef shanks from the pot and set them aside.

2. In the same pot, sauté the minced garlic and onions until they become fragrant and translucent. This adds depth of flavor to the dish.

3. Return the beef shanks to the pot and add enough water to cover them completely. Add the fish sauce, whole black peppercorns, and bay leaves. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and let it simmer for about 2 to 3 hours or until the beef is tender. Skim off any impurities that rise to the surface.

4. Once the beef is tender, remove it from the pot and set it aside to cool slightly. Strain the broth to remove any remaining solids. Return the broth to the pot and discard the solids.

5. Return the beef shanks to the pot and bring the broth back to a simmer. Season with salt and ground black pepper to taste. Adjust the seasoning according to your preference.

6. Add the potatoes, corn on the cob, and cabbage to the pot. Allow them to cook until they are tender but still firm. This usually takes about 10 to 15 minutes.

7. Lastly, add the bok choy to the pot and cook for an additional 2 minutes until it is wilted. Be careful not to overcook the vegetables as they will lose their vibrant color and become mushy.

8. Once all the vegetables have cooked through, remove the pot from the heat. Serve the Beef Bulalo hot in individual bowls, making sure to include a generous amount of broth, beef shanks, and vegetables in each serving.

9. Garnish with chopped spring onions if desired. The vibrant green color adds a pop of freshness to the dish.

Beef Bulalo is traditionally served with steamed rice on the side. The combination of the tender beef, flavorful broth, and hearty vegetables creates a truly satisfying meal that is loved by many. Enjoy this delicious Filipino favorite with your family and friends


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