Taste of Home: Bulalo

Bulalo is one of the most popular Filipino beef soup. It is made out of beef leg bones with marrow. This dish originated in Taal, Tagaytay where they have a cooler temperature when compared to other parts of the Philippines.


I learned how to cook this dish from my dad. I like dad’s Bulalo’s recipe because it is simple yet it makes a delectable dish. One of the secrets to make a good Bulalo is to boil the meat for a long period of time so that the meat releases all of its flavors and becomes tender.

My family and I love to eat Bulalo because it’s tasty and nutritious. Another thing I enjoy about Bulalo is the bone marrow. I take out the marrow from the bone then I dip it in a sauce (soysauce with lime and chili) and eat it with plain rice. It is so delicious!

Have you tried Bulalo? What do you like about the dish? For those who would like to try Bulalo, here’s a simple recipe for you.



  • 1 kg of beef shank
  • 1 pc small cabbage, whole leaf individually detached
  • 1 small bundle pak choy
  • 3 pcs corn, each corn cut into 4 parts
  • 2 pcs large carrot, roughly cut (optional)
  • 2 tbsp whole pepper corn
  • 1 pc onion, roughly cut
  • 3 liters of water
  • 2 pcs beef broth


  1. Pour in water in a big cooking pot. Add the beef broth and bring it to a boil.
  2. Put-in the beef shank. Add whole pepper corn and onion. Boil for 2 hours or until the meat is tender.
  3. Add corn. Let it simmer for another 20 minutes.
  4. Add cabbage and pak choy. Let it simmer for another 20 minutes.
  5. Serve hot, share and enjoy!



5 thoughts on “Taste of Home: Bulalo

  1. What a beautiful bowlful Lilly! So inviting– and don’t you love recipes that come down in the family?? I make my grandma’s banana bread all the time. Hope you’re into a good week. How is school going?? Do you have a spring break? xox

    • Thanks Rhonda! To me, recipes from the family are the sweetest. Anyway, I don’t work in school anymore, we run a tuition center. And, we do not have spring break here but we gonna have a 9-day break around mid next month for Khmer New Year. How about you? How have you been? Are you still in Los Angeles? Have a good day, and happiest anniversary! xoxo

      • Hi Lilly! that sounds awesome1 Do you tutor students after school?? That would be a satisfying job! Yep, we live about 30 miles south of Los Angeles– in Orange County– more suburban. Hope you enjoy your 9 day break!! Are you traveling or just taking a rest?? xox

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