A beef soup comprised of the shank with bone marrow still inside the bone, Bulalo is considered to be one of the most favorite main dishes in the Philippines.
Because of the popularity of this Filipino food, restaurants and eateries specializing in cooking Bulalo have been in business for a while. Bulalo is a simple stew, traditionally made with various vegetables in a large cauldron.
The bulalo’s meat is the beef shank or hock. The word shank means the animal’s front foot, and the jacket is the meaty lower part of the front leg.
About Bulalo: Beef Marrow Stew Recipe
Bulalo goes all the way back to the Philippines’ pre-Hispanic Period or before 1565 when the most common methods of cooking were boiling, grilling, steaming, and roasting.
Most people believe that bulalo was originated in the south of Luzon, one of the Philippines’ three largest islands. But, views are divided over the city or province in which bulalo was first prepared. Certain people believe that bull is a prevalent dish in the province of Batangas.
Bulalo uses beef shank. The beef shank is a steering or heifer’s leg part. The equivalent shin (foreshank) and leg (hindshank) in Britain are the same cuts of beef. Because the animal uses the muscle continuously, it is hard, dry, and sinewy.
It is, therefore, better cooked with moist heat for a long time. It is an ideal cut for Burgundian beef. Since it is incredibly lean, it is common in the production of highly fatty ground beef. It is not frequently seen in shops because of its lack of sales. Beef shank is very cheap and cost-effective for beef stock if found in the retail sector.
Bulalo is best consumed during times of cold weather. For more international recipes, click here.
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