Bulalo (Stewed Beef Shank)

Warm Bulalo is one of Filipino comfort food especially during rainy season. I guess this is just in time to have Bulalo in the Philippines since they are experiencing heavy rains due to storm these past few days. Though this is one of Pinoys favourite, it is highly recommended not to eat this dish on a regular basis due to health reasons. I know it is very difficult to resist our favourite Bulalo especially with its tasty meat, ligaments (litid) and bone marrows (utak).
Though the heat of summer is at its peak here in UAE, the urge of cravings for Bulalo convinced us to have it for dinner. I don’t have pressure cooker here in our new flat so I boiled the beef shanks through slow cooker. It took so much time but it is worth the wait. I would say that using slow cooker taste better and gives a nice feature of the beef. The meat was so tender and the bone marrows were still packed-in.
This recipe is actually easy to cook. In spite of this, there are many different versions and ingredients incorporated with Bulalo. Below is my version that my Mom usually cook. =D  

  • 2 Kg beef shank
  • ½ pc medium cabbage - divide into 5
  • 2 pcs Corn, each cut into 3
  • 1 carrot - sliced into 6
  • 2 tbsp Whole pepper corn
  • 1 big sweet potato - sliced for about 1 inch thickness
  • 1 medium sized onion - chopped
  • 2 liters water
  • 1 1/2 tbsp fish sauce (optional)
  • 1 beef stock cubes
  1. In a big pot, pour water and bring to a boil
  2. Put-in the beef shank, onion, beef stock cube and whole pepper corn. Simmer for 1.5 hours or until meat is tender.
  3. Add sweet potatoes, carrots, corn and simmer for another 10 minutes
  4. Add the fish sauce and cabbage. Simmer for another 3-5 minutes.
  5. Serve hot and enjoy!

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