Asado Bulalo, Beef Shank Asado

Asado Bulalo, Beef Shank Asado
Asado Bulalo, Beef Shank Asado. Beef Shank to Pinoys is normally prepared as soup base dish called bulalo, beef shanks when slowly boiled till tender will result in a very rich soup dish fortified with the bone marrow. Of course beef shank or bulalo can be cooked in other ways, I have already posted several methods and have included the list below. Today I have tried another method and the resultant dish, superb. It’s a version of beef asado but instead of using beef brisket I have used saw cut beef shank.

Beef Shank Asado

The recipe is simple, ingredients used are available in most Pinoy homes except for the hoisin sauce but that could be omitted if it’s not available. Star anise is enough to do the trick for the Chinese aroma required to the dish.


1 pc. bulalo, beef shank
1/2 cup soy sauce
2 tbsp. Hoisin sauce
1 head garlic, crushed
1 small piece onion, chopped
1 thumb size ginger, chrushed
1 pc. star anise
1 tbsp. peppercorn
1 tbsp. cornstarch
1 tsp. sugar

Cooking procedure:

Asado Bulalo - Cooking Procedure

Ask the butcher to saw cut the beef shank into large serving pieces. Wash thoroughly and remove all traces of blood. In a saucepan put cut beef shank, pour water to cover, bring to a boil and simmer for a minute. Now drain first boiled water and rinse off all scum. Return cut beef shank in the saucepan pour fresh water to cover, add in garlic, ginger, onion, star anise and soy sauce. Bring to a boil and simmer at low to medium heat for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, add more water as necessary. Add sugar and hoisin sauce, simmer for another 25-30 minutes or until the meat start to detach from the bones and the liquid has reduced to about half. Thicken sauce with cornstarch diluted in 1/4 cup water. Season with salt to taste if required. Serve hot with a lot of rice.

See other related bulalo recipe:

See other related braised beef recipe:


  1. I will definitely try this recipe over the coming week.

  2. Interesting recipe and looks good. But it did not indicate approximately how much the meat should be - it just listed "1 pc. bulalo, beef shank" - which should be "cut into large serving pieces." 3 pounds?
    - Anon.Cook.Wannabe

  3. Hi Anon, yes a small beef shank of about 1.5 kilos (3 lbs).

  4. hi! What is a star anise?

  5. Star anise or sanque is dark brown star shaped spice widely used in Asian cooking, Chinese, Vietnamese and Indian in particular. It gives that unique Chinese aroma to asado dishes or braised meats dishes. It is one of the ingredients of five-spice powder or nguyong.

  6. hi! tnx for all your recipe its very helpful for me im just starting to cook for my family and being in a new country i find it difficult to look for ingredients. Tnx for all of this! i find all your cooking yummy! =)


  7. Hi Yza,
    Thanks for the compliments

  8. I really love to cook when I get home. since I worked in the desert with all catering food served on the meal no choice for me but to eat.
    So everytime I get back home I cook the food I want. This definitely a must try dish. I can't wait to try this when I get home.

  9. I know the feeling about the catering food, being an OFW myself. This is one of my best recipes, good luck. Thanks and more blog power.

  10. I have tasted a recipe made out of cube boneless beef w/ little dark sauce in SnFdo, Pampanga more that 3 decades ago. I have been looking for that recipe on line until I found your beef shank asado, I believe this is the recipe I've been looking for, instead of using the boneless beef, beef shank is a lot better...I'll surely try it one of these days. I am so grateful that I found your website...goodluck and more power to you---kabayan!!!


  11. Welcome to OPC Lenor.

  12. asado one of my many favorite pinoy dishes i tried your recipe and my mom liked it so much thank you so much

  13. hi, if I do not put star anise, will the taste of the asado be compromised?

  14. Hi Sisa,
    Star anise is an essential ingredient for this recipe :)

  15. Finally, was able to buy star anise sa supermarket po. First time to cook asado yesterday. I cooked a small portion kasi po in case na something went wrong,at least hindi sayang ung beef. The husband loved it! That was lunch.hehe. in the afternoon,I heard him boasting the asado to his friend. and i cooked a big batch for dinner. Thank you po! More power to your site! Happy cooking!

  16. Hi Sisa,
    You're welcome, thanks for the feedback.

  17. hi,, good day,, just asking if is advisable to cook in pressure cooker intaed of normal cooking pan?
    cause i foun ur receipe more interesting.. thats y i want to try myself... thanks & more power....
    jhenny medina.
    cook wannabae

  18. hi im catrin...ask ko lang puh ano puh yung hoisinsauce...ano pwd ipalok...ok lang ba kht wala nlang yun??nd ba mbabago yung lasa???

  19. I would like to try this recipe using chicken. I would want a sweet asado, so I will add brown sugar.

  20. tried it with pork hocks..sarap din.ty ovrseaspnoy

  21. @zaldism,
    Thank you also for sharing...

  22. Hello, can I find star anise in a regular american grocery or only in an asian store. And where can i find it in the store, in the spice isle or is it a fresh herb. Is there another name for it or will the store know where to direct if I ask where I can find the star anise? Is it considered a spice?
    Thank you, can't wait to try it:-)

  23. It should be available in the spice or Asian section of major supermarkets.

  24. Hi. I'm excited to try your recipe for the first time. I noticed your recipe calls for a tbsp of peppercorn... When do I add this to the beef shanks? Also, do you have a recipe for Pork Adobo available? Thank you!

  25. Hi. I'm Excited to try out your recipe for the first time

  26. When do I add the peppercorn as I'm cooking this? Also, do you have a Pork Adobo recipe available? Thank you!

  27. Hi. I'm excited to try your recipe for the first time. I noticed your recipe calls for a tbsp of peppercorn... When do I add this to the beef shanks? Also, do you have a recipe for Pork Adobo available? Thank you!


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