Pork Bulalo Recipe

Use an affordable pork cut!

Bulalo is normally made with beef but swapping it and making a pork version is just as delicious! For this version, the affordable meat cut pork pata is used. The resulting soup is not only delicious, but it also becomes slightly thickened from the gelatin in the pork. Yum! 

This is made with pork pata, one of the most affordable pork cuts!
Photo by Stephanie Cueva


Pork Bulalo Recipe

Stephanie Cueva
Use an affordable pork cut!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Resting Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Course Main Dishes, Soup
Cuisine Filipino
Servings 4


Pork Bulalo Ingredients

  • 6-7 cups water divided
  • 500 Grams pork pata sliced
  • 1 medium red onion quartered
  • 5 cloves Garlic crushed
  • 2 teaspoons whole black peppercorns
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce (patis)
  • 1 piece corn cut into 4 segments
  • 1 bunch baby bok choy
  • Salt to taste


  • Boil 3 cups water in a pot. Add the pork pata. Skim off the scum on the surface, simmering for about 20 minutes.
  • Discard the liquid and clean the cooking pot. Clean the pata pieces under running water to remove any scum stuck to the meat.
  • Return the pata to the clean pot and add the onion, garlic and whole black peppercorns. Cover with the remaining water. Boil for 50 minutes or until the pork is tender.
  • Add the corn segments and continue boiling until the corn is cooked around 20 minutes. Add patis and salt to taste.
  • Turn off the heat. Add the baby bok choy. Let the heat from the broth wilt the bok choy. Transfer the meat and vegetables into a serving bowl. Strain the broth into the bowl to ensure a clean and clear broth. Serve with rice and patis and calamansi on the side.
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