These Are The Other Ways To Cook Beef Shank Or The Bulalo
Do you like it in a soup or saucy and on a sizzling plate?
The beef shank or the bulalo is¬†one of those beef cuts that are more affordable than the meatier, boneless cuts.¬†
Despite the major bone of this meat cut, it remains a meaty cut. Take a look at the cross-cut of the leg bone, and you'll see the calf muscle is¬†marbled with sinew and tendon. Don't worry though! Braise or simmer this meat cut long enough and these parts will melt and tenderize, resulting in a succulent cut of meat that's one of the most flavorful beef cuts you'll ever find on the steer.¬†¬†¬†
There is another mouth-watering aspect of this beef cut that makes it so appetizing.¬†The cross-section of¬†the bulalo¬†bone is the prize many look for in every bowl: the bone marrow. Because¬†of the size of the leg bone,¬†there's more of it than on other meat¬†cuts. It's fantastic when roasted but it's just as delicious swimming in the broth of your typical bulalo when dining in¬†Tagaytay.¬†
The beef shank can be prepared in a number of ways, including braised, baked, and fried, but the most popular has to be the soup. Whether you like it in a soup or¬†saucy on a sizzling plate, here are beef bulalo or shank recipes to try:¬†
1 Classic Bulalo Recipe¬†
The classic bulalo is¬†what you'll find in many Tagaytay restaurants: a beef soup slow-cooked and simmered for hours until tender with corn on¬†the cob, with either¬†pechay or cabbage wedges (or both), and a good sprinkling of black pepper. Serve it with patis or fish sauce, calamansi, and siling labuyo. It doesn't get any simpler or more flavorful than that!¬†
Skip the chili on the side and add it straight¬†to the broth for a spicy version that's¬†still simply satisfying.¬†
2¬†Bulalo with Lemongrass Recipe¬†
This version is a leveled-up bulalo soup recipe¬†that married a nilaga and became more flavorful, chunkier, and¬†overall more hearty. It's got the classic bulalo ingredients: the beef shank, corn, black peppercorns, and the pechay. It's also got classic beef nilaga ingredients, too: beef¬†cubes including beef short rib pieces, onion,¬†potatoes, and the cabbage wedge.
These two dishes are made to meld into one giant soup pot with a delicious twist on both recipes: it is simmered with lemongrass or tanglad. The grass is citrusy with a hint of mint that amazingly is fabulous with beef. Try it for a different take on two classic recipes made into one.¬† ¬†¬†¬†¬†
3 Kansi Recipe¬†
Speaking of two dishes in one, this recipe called the kansi is a mashup of bulalo and sinigang.¬†Popular in the southern¬†Philippines,¬†the sinigang part of this dish is commonly¬†made with tomatoes and either batuan or batwan. This green fruit that looks like a hard tomato or¬†dark green guava fruit is¬†sour just like sampaloc or tamarind, but are lighter in its sourness. Batuan is common in Negros, so you can use kamias¬†or sampaloc¬†instead.¬†¬†
This is simmered with a young jackfruit or green langka and big¬†slices of bulalo for a hearty meal that's sour like sinigang¬†but using the bulalo meat cut instead.¬†¬†
4¬†Sizzling Beef Bulalo Recipe¬†
The¬†bulalo needs to be braised or simmered first until tender before¬†it can be used for other recipes. One popular way of serving the bulalo when not in a soup is sizzling hot on a hot plate. (A¬†cast iron pan will work, too, if¬†that's what you have.) A creamy mushroom sauce is the classic choice for pouring over the tender¬†beef cuts. Top it off with crispy garlic chips for a truly appetizing meal that will have anyone eager to eat.¬†
5 Bulalo Lugaw Recipe¬†¬†
Lugaw that's made with beef instead of chicken or pork innards is what this is! It's made just like any lugaw but¬†with an¬†added beefiness to its¬†flavor. It's meatier, too, and the fantastic news is that you won't¬†need much else when served a bowl of this hearty porridge!¬†¬†
6 Braised Beef Bulalo with Chorizo and Mushrooms Recipe¬†
Braised beef is a common¬†dish around the region, but you won't find one that's more loaded with umami. This braised beef doesn't just have¬†beef, but it's got the flavorful addition of chorizo, too, for that¬†burst of spice from the paprika and the meaty flavor that's extracted from the shiitake mushrooms.
7 Crispy Beef¬†Bulalo¬†Flakes Recipe¬†¬†
A breakfast with adobo flakes is¬†one of those meals that make having leftovers a good thing. Make your bulalo just as super delicious and¬†a meal to look forward to when you flake and crisp up the meaty¬†pieces that came from your leftover bulalo meal the other night.¬†
Simmered bulalo may be the affordable beef cut you are looking for. Make the best of this beef cut using any of these hearty recipes.¬†
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