Best Bulalo Soup Recipe: The Philippines Best Soup?


Brian Kennett

Brian Kennett

Amateur Chef and Boozy Traveling Foodie Extraordinaire

Filipino Bulalo Soup Recipe = Comfort food from the Philippines

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Bulalo Soup Recipe: Wow, this is a belter. This is truly what you would class as comfort food. But comfort food from the Philippines. We are all massively missing our friends and family in the Philippines due to no travel caused by our mate Covid-19, so when I saw our BFFs at Butcher Box Joo Chiat touting Wagyu Ox-Tail, I jumped at the chance to get some and create this legendary dish and to share with you my Filipino Bulalo Soup Recipe.

I have never cooked Bulalo Soup before, I have only ever been on the other end of the spoon consuming the deliciousness in the Philippines or at certain locations here in Singapore. you can absolutely get Bulalo Soup in Singapore and I’ll share some locations later in the blog.

Despite never having cooked Beef Bulalo Soup before, I had an idea of the way to do it and of course have Wifey on standby to give e some pointers too. I wanted to use the Wagyu for the marbling and to have that fat intensify the beef flavour of this Filipino Bulalo Soup Recipe and to go low, slow and long for cooking this because I also want this Ox-Tail to fall apart in your mouth.

I have seen a Bork Bulalo recipe, but being a purist I am sticking to a beef Bulalo recipe, as it is the one that won my heart in the Philippines. So in this recipe, you’ll be getting my version of beef Bulalo ingredients and procedure.

And that will involve cooking this low and slow for 8 hours. Hopefully, this Filipino Bulalo Soup Recipe will give you the confidence of how to cook Bulalo for yourself, but as always if you can’t be bothered to cook I’ll be sharing a few places where to go for the best beef Bulalo in Singapore.

Filipino Bulalo Soup Recipe

Bulalo Soup Recipe: A Warm Hug in a Bowl

Want a taste of pure comfort on a chilly day (maybe never going to happen in Singapore)? Look no further! Bulalo soup is your go-to dish for warmth and flavor.

Picture this: You’re bundled up in a cozy sweater, looking out the window as the rain taps gently on the glass. It’s one of those days when you crave the warmth that only a hearty bowl of soup can provide. But not just any soup – we’re talking about the magical elixir known as Bulalo.

Bulalo is more than just a recipe; it’s a warm hug in a bowl, a flavor-packed journey into the heart of Filipino comfort food. In this article, we’ll take you on a culinary adventure, uncovering the secrets to making this soul-soothing soup. From the succulent beef shanks to the vibrant vegetables and aromatic seasonings, you’ll discover why Bulalo is beloved by many. So, if you’re ready to dive into the world of simmering broth and tender meat, keep reading. Your taste buds will thank you!

Time for some ISLIFEARECIPE-dia about this infamous Filipino dish of beef Bulalo

Cooking beef shanks and cattle bones for hours until much of the collagen and fat has melted into the clear broth is what makes Bulalo a light-coloured soup native to the Southern Luzon region of the Philippines. 

Today, I am using Wagyu Beef Oxtail, and I’d have thrown in Beef Bone Marrow if I cold have got some this day. It just intensifies the beefiness of this dish. 

This is an easy one to answer, folks, just read on to the end of the blog and I’ll be sharing some of my very favourite Filipino restaurants on Red Dot and in the Philippines of where to go buy this bowl of absolute soupy heaven.

In Bulalo, a typical Filipino cuisine, protein, fibre, and carbohydrates are abound in the vegetables, but dieticians call cholesterol a “silent killer,” and it’s found in high concentrations in bone marrow.

Whoopsy. Perhaps don’t eat Bulalo every day then. Like everything, eat in moderation.

Adding vinegar to soy sauce is the way to make a traditional Filipino dipping sauce, AKA Native Sauce. Soy sauce and ordinary or spicy vinegar are used to make it. Philippine lime is commonly used in place of vinegar and they also add diced tomatoes, onions, and chopped chili to make it more flavourful.

Believe me, it is one of my favourite things on the planet. It goes with EVERYTHING. Beef, pork, fish, chicken, Chorizo. It goes with absolutely anything and everything.

Check out my little recipe below.

Tagaytay’s most famous meal is unquestionably beef Bulalo, the Filipino soup prepared with beef shank, marrow and veggies.

Tagaytay’s brisk, chilly weather calls for a hearty cup of this meaty soup. Because of this, several eateries in the city now include it on their menus.

Tagatay is touted as one of the potential locations that Bulalo was ‘born’ due to the concentration of cattle there and popularity of the dish.

Where is Tagatay in the Philippines?

Filipino Bulalo Soup Recipe

This beef Bulalo recipe is actually very easy to do, from preparation, cooking and serving as you will see below. It’s Filipino comfort food, and it reminded Wifey of family, friends and our 2nd home and of the cause and effect of my food I am very proud today.

Wifey said; “Thank you for bringing the Philippines to our home today for dinner…”

Bulalo is one of these dishes you serve from a huge bowl and have someone serve up smaller bowls to the family sat for dinner. Maybe have a consenting adult do that because I bet there is always a fight for that last piece of bone marrow or Oxtail

Today, I also made some Filipino Native Sauce to accompany this delicious soup, so you get a double-whammy with two recipes today.

Here we go with the Bulalo Soup Recipe ingredients, easily enough here for 5-6 PAX

Take a huge stockpot with a lid, throw it on the hob and add in all the following ingredients;

  • 1Kg of Wagyu Ox-Tail – give it a good rinse in freshwater first
  • If you have Bone Marrow, get that in there as well. 1Kg would be sublime
  • 4-5 litres of water
  • 2 beef stock cubes
  • 2 red onions – peeled and quartered
  • 2 Tbsp of finely chopped garlic
  • 3 Tbsp of fish sauce
  • A good sprinkle of sea salt & cracked Kampot black pepper
  • Bring to the boil and reduce to a very low simmer for 4 hours
  • Add in 2 corn cobs cut into 1″ pieces
  • Keep the low simmer for another 4 hours
  • As you are doing this check every hour or so and skim off the excess fat/oil on the surface that comes from the Oxtail
  • When you are just before the eight-hour mark, add in a Chinese cabbage that has been cleaned and chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • Let it go for another 20 minutes or so to soften up the cabbage
  • Serve in bowls with some Filipino Native Sauce for dipping

Filipino Native Sauce Recipe

To make the Filipino Native Sauce for individuals add some;

  • White vinegar
  • Soy
  • a chilli padi and
  • a sliced open Calamansi lime in a little bowl.

That is ‘It’s More Fun In The Philippines’ right there in that little bowl alright...

If you want to 'up-size your Filipino Native Sauce production, try this recipe

Sukang Pinakurat is a traditional Filipino condiment made from organic coconut fermented sap also known as “Tuba” blended with chilis and other ingredients.

Tuba is also an alcoholic drink that I have ‘enjoyed’ a few times on trips to the Philippines. It has no effect until you stand up…

Filipino Bulalo soup recipe

This will make a nice bottle full, say 720 ml, that will last forever. Well not so long in our house…

  • 10 garlic cloves, peeled and sliced
  • 5 whole bird’s eye chillies
  • 3-inch knob fresh ginger, scrubbed and minced
  • 1 tablespoon whole black Kampot peppercorns
  • 3 to 4 cups white sugarcane vinegar, try to get the Filipino brand from the supermarket
  • 1/4 cup fish sauce


And follow these simple steps to make the Bulalo Soup Recipe:

  1. Put the garlic, chillies, ginger, and peppercorns in a clean glass jar or bottle and cover with the vinegar and fish sauce
  2. Loosely cover or cap the jar and let sit at room temperature in a dark place for 48 hours to ‘ferment’ and muddle
  3. Transfer the jar to the refrigerator
  4. The pinakurat will keep forever and the flavour will intensify over time

This Filipino Bulalo Soup Recipe was awesome, and it sent us all on a virtual flight to the Philippines and days with the family sat in Tagbilaran or on Panglao Island drinking cold San Miguels and eating copious amounts of local food.

It was just so good, even if I say so myself. Wifey’s comments made me proud of this attempt at Bulalao Soup Recipe. Just one self-criticism was that it was a very intense sweetcorn flavor though. I need to tone that down next time by throwing in the sweetcorn more towards the end (mental note to self), say at the 7-hour point.

But hey, I was still impressed with this little bit of the Philippines hitting our table today. The Oxtail was intensely flavourful, especially with that Native Sauce, and it was literally fall-apart soft, succulent, amazing Wagyu. This was my 1st attempt at Filipino Bulalo Soup Recipe and it rocked!!!


Where to get your Beef Bulalo Soup fix in Singapore?

Where to get your Beef Bulalo Soup fix if you happen to be on the islands of Bohol or Panglao, the Philippines

What did people also ask about Bulalo Soup?

What is Bulalo soup?Bulalo soup is a traditional Filipino dish known for its rich and flavorful broth made by simmering beef shanks, marrow bones, and various vegetables.
What are the key ingredients in Bulalo soup?The main ingredients in Bulalo soup include beef shanks, corn on the cob, bok choy or pechay, green beans, fish sauce, and seasonings like salt, pepper, and calamansi juice.
What makes Bulalo different from other Filipino soups like Nilaga?Bulalo uses beef shanks and marrow bones, while Nilaga can use various cuts of beef, pork, or chicken. Bulalo is known for its rich and collagen-rich broth.
Where does Bulalo originate from?Bulalo is native to the Southern Luzon region of the Philippines, particularly in the provinces of Batangas and Cavite.
How is Bulalo traditionally cooked?Traditionally, Bulalo is cooked by simmering the beef shanks and marrow bones in water for an extended period until the collagen and fat have melted into a clear and flavorful broth.
What vegetables are commonly used in Bulalo soup?Commonly used vegetables in Bulalo soup include corn, bok choy or pechay, green beans, and sometimes cabbage.
What is the best way to season Bulalo soup?Bulalo soup is typically seasoned with fish sauce, salt, pepper, and calamansi juice for a balance of savory and tangy flavors.
Are there any variations of Bulalo soup?Yes, there are regional and personal variations of Bulalo that may include additional ingredients like plantains, potatoes, and even mushrooms.
Can Bulalo be prepared in an Instant Pot or pressure cooker?Yes, you can prepare Bulalo in an Instant Pot or pressure cooker to reduce the cooking time while retaining the rich flavor and tenderness of the meat.
What are some popular side dishes or condiments served with Bulalo soup?Bulalo is often enjoyed with condiments like fish sauce, soy sauce, and chili peppers. Common side dishes include steamed rice or crusty bread to soak up the delicious broth.

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