Seeded with a plethora of beautiful sceneries, close-to-nature spots, and then complemented by fresh air, balanced temperature, budget hotels, and of course, friendly people, Tagaytay City is a great getaway. This place, which is only an hour away from Makati City, is considered one of the best destinations for the people of Metro Manila who want to have instant relief from the buzzy and busy atmosphere of the Urban area. Some even want it to take the runner-up throne for the Summer Capital of the Philippines.
However, aside from satisfying our eyes, nose, and skin, Tagaytay is also home to something that can fill our taste buds with joy.
Coconut tarts, banana cakes, and piaya are among the delicacies that the Tagaytay is known for; it also produces the sweetest, freshest, and of course, cheapest pineapples. However, we won’t elaborate much on those. We want to talk about an indulgingly sinful dish — bulalo.
Firstly, What is Bulalo?
Bulalo is a Filipino stew made by boiling beef shank along with herbs, spices, and vegetables. The aromatic and bursting-with-flavor soup is a result of a painful boiling process that will take hours to the point that even the cartilage of the shank is tender.
The longer you boil, the more flavorful the soup will become.
However, the best part is the melts-in-your mouth bone marrow that you can get by literally sucking through the bones. If sucking doesn’t work, one can shake or yank the bone until the cottony marrow comes out.
Why is Tagaytay Bulalo Different?
It’s not the bulalo that is different, it’s actually the beef. Why? Because Tagaytay is the best place to breed cows because of its not-too-hot-and-not-too-cold climate that easily conditions them. Also, the soil is perfect for growing the freshest grasses that make the cow healthy.
Rumor has it that farmers from Tagaytay developed a secret farming technique that makes their cow meat different. This is maybe true because the area exports cow meat.
The Tagaytay Bulalo is so amazing that people from nearby places, including the Metro, will bother to travel just to sip the tasty soup and feast on the fatty but awesome shank.
Where to Enjoy Tagaytay Bulalo?
Restaurants that specialize in cooking and serving bulalo are called “bulaluhan. ” They are like mushrooms in Tagaytay City. You can enjoy this everywhere in Tagaytay — from the smallest sidewalk stalls to the big names in the restaurant industry, bulalo is essential. They are everywhere, you can just go out of your nearby hotels and dine in.
Some restaurants boast a traditional cooking process, which involves firewoods believing that bulalo cooked this way tastes better.
There are restaurants in Metro Manila that claim to serve Tagaytay-style bulalo. However, none come even close. I have not taken a bulalo outside Tagaytay that suits that overwhelming taste. I don’t know if it’s only psychological or Tagaytay bulalo is indeed magical.
Tagaytay Bulalo is the Best
Like superglued objects, Tagaytay and bulalo are two terms that are hard to separate. When you say the word “bulalo,” people will first think of Tagaytay because it has long been known to produce the best-tasting dish that is perfect for the natural cold weather of the area.
Bulalo is considered a gem that the Tagaytayanons are truly proud of. It represents the culture and tradition that has long been preserved. They have embraced the dish and owned it. There are no other places in the Philippines that can level the superiority of Tagaytay Bulalo.
Come to Tagaytay and enjoy Bulalo, especially now that the tourism department needs a helping hand. Fight the cold weather and have Tagaytay Bulalo.
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