Bulalo (Beef Femur Soup)

A good soup always starts with a good stock.  Beef femur bones is one of the best source of a good soup stock. Slowly simmering it for 3-4 hours until you get the natural savoury taste of a Bulalo soup.  You’ll never regret waiting that long for this special treat. You’ll gonna enjoy this on those lousy rainy weather.

Just be sure to cook some extra scoop of rice for this meal. Bon Appetit!

Bulalo (Beef Femur Soup) Photo by Nino Almendra
Bulalo (Beef Femur Soup)
Photo by Nino Almendra

Now on with the cooking…

Bulalo (Beef Femur Soup)

Prep. time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 4 hours

Difficulty: Very Easy

Makes; 8 liters of Bulalo Soup

Good for 12 crew

You will need;

1 pc. (1 1/2 – 2 kgs.) beef femur bones

1 kg. beef brisket, cut into chunks

6 ltrs. water

250 grms. onions, quartered

1 Tbsp. black peppercorn

500 grms. corn on cob, cut into 2cm. (fresh or cooked frozen)

250 grms. potato, peel and cut into chunks

250 grms. carrots, peel and sliced 1cm. diagonally

500 grms. chinese cabbage, quartered horizontally

1 bunch fresh spring onions, cut into 2cm. long

*Optional – Fish sauce/Patis, for added flavour

Salt and freshly grounded black pepper to taste.

Direction;

Prepare all the ingredients.

Boil the water on a large soup pot. Add the beef femur and brisket.

Bring it back to boil, lower heat but keep the soup boiling.

Skim off and discard the scum/blood froth on the surface of the soup.

Avoid stirring the soup while taking out the scum, about 10-15 minutes.

Add the onions and black peppercorn. Cover the soup pot and let it simmer

for 3 1/2 hours or until the meat is tender and the collagen around the beef

femur bone is soft as a jelly.

Add the corn on cob, potatoes and carrots. Let it cook for 15 minutes or until tender.

Season with fish sauce. Add Salt and freshly grounded black pepper to taste.

Add the chinese cabbage and spring onions few minutes before serving.

Serve with steamed rice.

Enjoy your meal !!! 😉
Here’s how I do it;

Prepare all the ingredients.

Frozen Beef Femur Bones. It is cheap but usually pack in a 20kgs. box.
Frozen Beef Femur Bones.
It is cheap but usually pack in a 20kgs. box.
Thaw overnight at 4'C and wash before cooking.
Thaw overnight at 4’C and wash before cooking.
Cut beef brisket into chunks.
Cut beef brisket into chunks.

Now on with the cooking…

Boil the water on a large soup pot. Add the beef femur and brisket.
Boil the water on a large soup pot. Add the beef femur and brisket.
Bring it back to boil, lower heat but keep the soup boiling.
Bring it back to boil, lower heat but keep the soup boiling.
Skim off and discard the scum/blood froth on the surface of the soup.
Skim off and discard the scum/blood froth on the surface of the soup.

Avoid stirring the soup while taking out the scum, about 10-15 minutes.

Add the onions and black peppercorn.
Add the onions and black peppercorn.
Cover the soup pot and let it simmer for 3 1/2 hours or until meat is tender.
Cover the soup pot and let it simmer for 3 1/2 hours or until meat is tender.
Beef meat will almost fall off from the bone when its soft and ready.
Beef meat will almost fall off from the bone when its soft and ready.
... and the collagen around the beef femur bone is soft as a jelly.
… and the collagen around the beef femur bone is soft as a jelly.
Add the corn on cob.
Add the corn on cob.
... and add the potatoes and carrots. Let it cook for 15 minutes or until tender.
… and add the potatoes and carrots. Let it cook for 15 minutes or until tender.
Season with fish sauce.
*Optional; Season with fish sauce.
Add Salt and freshly grounded black pepper to taste.
Add Salt and freshly grounded black pepper to taste.
Add the chinese cabbage...
Add the chinese cabbage…
... and spring onions few minutes before serving.
… and spring onions few minutes before serving.
Bulalo (Beef Femur Soup) Photo by Nino Almendra
Bulalo (Beef Femur Soup)
Photo by Nino Almendra
Bulalo (Beef Femur Soup) Photo by Nino Almendra
Bulalo (Beef Femur Soup)
Photo by Nino Almendra

Thanks alot for spending your precious time on my blog and hope this recipe

encourage you to try cooking my native region’s Special Bulalo Soup.


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