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Bulalo (Filipino Beef Marrow Stew)

Bulalo is a Filipino stew made from beef shanks and marrow bones. Learn how to make Bulalo with this simple recipe.
Course Entree, Soups & Stews
Cuisine Filipino
Level Intermediate
Main Ingredient Beef
Diet Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Low Sugar, Low-Carb
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 50 minutes
Servings 2 people

Ingredients

  • 2 beef marrow bones (cut to expose marrow on one end)
  • 1 pound beef shank
  • 1 onion quartered
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 2 tablespoons patis (fish sauce)
  • salt (to taste)
  • 2 cobs corn (cut into 2-inch segments)
  • 1 chayote (peeled and cubed)
  • 3 baby bok choy (leaves separated)

Instructions

  1. Boil a large pot of water. Add the marrow bones and beef shank and return to a boil. Continue boiling until you don't see any more red blood coming from the meat or bones (about 10 minutes), then remove the meat and bones with tongs and scrub under cold water to remove any scum. Dump the water in the pot out and rinse the pot. This process rids the meat of excess blood and will ensure your soup is nice and clear.
  2. Return the cleaned meat and bones to the pot then add the onion, garlic, peppercorns and patis. Cover with water then bring it to a rolling boil and skim off any scum that accumulates.
  3. Reduce the heat to medium low. If you are using a pressure cooker, afix the lid and let it cook for 1 1/2 hours. If you're not using a pressure cooker, simmer until the meat on the shank is fork tender (4-5 hours). Skim off any excessive fat from the top but do not remove it all (remember, fat=flavour). Transfer the meat and bones to a bowl, then strain the stock through a fine mesh sieve, discard the solids then return the meat and bones to the strained stock.
  4. Add the corn and chayote and simmer for another 20 minutes or until the chayote is tender. Salt to taste, then add the bok choy at the last minute. Serve with rice.