Bulalo (Beef Shanks with Bone Marrow Soup)


  • 6 pcs. bone-in beef shanks (about 2 lbs.), washed and drained
  • 12 cups water
  • 6 cloves garlic, slightly crushed
  • 1 medium sized onion, thickly sliced
  • 1 pc. Knorr beef cube, optional
  • 1 tsp peppercorns
  • 4 Tbsp fish sauce
  • 3 pcs. corn on the cob, each cut into 3-4 pcs.
  • 1 bundle pechay, washed and trimmed
  • 8 pcs. napa cabbage leaves, washed and trimmed
  • 4 stalks green onions, cut into 2 inch pcs.
  • salt and pepper


  1. Place beef in a big pot. Add enough water to cover the meat and bring to a boil over medium heat until scum appears on the surface. Remove all the scum or brown bubbles that will form on top of the soup. 
  2. Replace water and bring to a boil again. Add garlic, onion, peppercorns & beef cube and fish sauce. Cover and simmer until beef is tender, approximately 1½ – 2  hours. Test for tenderness. Add more water if necessary, i.e., if it has to be cooked longer. Add salt and pepper to suit your taste. Add corn cobs. When almost done (approx. 10 minutes), add pechay and napa cabbage. Simmer for 3 more minutes. Add green onions. Simmer for another minute.
  3. Remove from heat. Serve hot with rice.

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