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Gotong Batangas Bulalo

  • Author: Raymund
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 3 hours 30 mins
  • Total Time: 3 hours 45 mins
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Main Course
  • Cuisine: Filipino


Gotong Batangas Bulalo is a dish prepared with beef leg bones cooked like a Batangas Goto, a soup dish cooked with lots of annatto seeds, garlic and ginger.


Units Scale
  • 2 1/2 kg meaty beef leg bones or shanks, ask your butcher to cut it into sections
  • 300 g beef tendon, sliced into small cubes
  • 1 cup cane vinegar
  • 1 1/2 litre rice wash
  • 4 pieces birds eye chillies, cut in half
  • 1 tbsp annatto powder
  • 2 pcs red onions, chopped
  • 1 whole garlic bulb, minced
  • 1 thumb sized ginger, sliced into thin matchsticks
  • oil
  • salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • chopped spring onions, to garnish
  • fried garlic, to garnish


  1. Marinate leg bones / shanks in vinegar for 1 hour.
  2. Drain marinade then generously season beef leg bones or shank meat with salt and freshly ground black pepper. In a large pot add oil then brown the seasoned meats in batches, removing everything in pot after every batch. Set meat aside.
  3. Using the same pot add oil, if necessary, then sauté garlic, ginger and onions.
  4. Add the annatto powder, gently fry until powder dissolves into oil.
  5. Add beef tendons and beef bones/shank then pour rice wash, bring it to a boil then slowly simmer in low heat for three hours
  6. Add the chillies, season with salt and freshly ground black pepper then continue to simmer for 15 more minutes
  7. Serve in bowls garnished with chopped spring onions and fried garlic.