Tuesday, December 17, 2013

One with Tacloban: Dinner no. 3 (Lemongrass Bulalo Broth with Zucchini Shavings)

I 've been MIA for a while and I believe it is for a good cause.  A few weeks ago, I launched  One with Tacloban, a fundraising campaign to help the victims of the super typhoon in the Philippines.  Since its inception, I have been cooking up a storm.  5 dinners in a span of two weeks and an almost $9,000.00 collected.

Now, I think that's huge... and a valid excuse for being MIA.

You might wonder why I skipped writing about dinner no. 1 and 2.  Well, I'd like to honor the request of the donors that they remain anonymous.  But for dinner no. 3, two of my friends stepped up to the plate and I'd like to thank Vel and Vivian and, of course our hubbies, for doing the project with me.

Vel is a pediatrician by profession but she runs a lifestyle blog called Life & Home at 2102. She wrote about the fundraiser in her post last week, so I invite you to hop over to her blog and see all her beautiful setting and the details about the event. Here's a glimpse of the elaborate setting but click here to see more.

One of the elaborate settings that Vel prepared.
Now for the menu, I designed a repertoire inspired by Filipino daily meals.  I featured common Filipino comfort food and changed it up a bit. Thankfully, the guests loved everything about the spread.

So before my family and I park our boots and head out to somewhere where we could wear our flip flops, I thought that for the next few posts, I should share some recipes I designed for my fundraisers.  For starters, here is a simple recipe for 

Lemongrass Bulalo Broth with Zucchini Shavings

For Broth:
2 lbs pig's feet, chopped
2 lbs beef shank// bulalo
1/2 c salt (you could adjust it as you go)
3 tbsp of fish sauce
3 tbsp of fermented fish (bagoong isda)
1 bunch of lemongrass (bruised)
1 bunch of green onions
1/2 can pineapple chunks
2 tsp of annato powder
2 thumb size yellow rock sugar

For garnishings:
Cilantro chopped
Toasted Garlic
Zucchini shavings
Shreds of meat from the beef  shank tossed in hoisin sauce

Clean the pigs feet and beef shank on running water.  Fill a pot with water.  Submerge the pig's feet and beef shank. Cover the pot and let it boil.  (rapid boil is good as it removes all the impurities of both the pig's feet and beef shank)

Discard the water.  Clean the pot and clean the pig's feet and beef shank.  Now fill up the pot again.  Put all the broth's ingredients together including the cleaned pig's feet and beef shank.  Let it simmer (I would suggest not to rapid boil this time).  Cook until the meat fall off from the bones. This process takes about 3 hours.

How to assemble:

Pour the broth (use a strainer to remove all the tiny bits).  Place the shredded meat (tossed in hoisin sauce).  Add the zucchini shavings.  Top it with toasted garlic and chopped cilantro.  

Your guests will love this new twist that I made with our old bulalo.



  1. OMG!!!! Yey! Thank you so much for the mention ( and the recipe)!!!!! Yes, your soooo excused my dear! Congratulations again on the success and help you were able to do and raise for Tacloban. For sure the blessings will come back to you a hundredfold! God bless my friend and CHEERS!!!

    1. i know i've been saying thank you to you and gerson but you see i can't seem to thank you enough for being so generous.
      merry christmas!

  2. Congrats on your successful fundraisers! God bless you for your generous time and efforts. Wish I lived closer, I would have come to your dinners in a heartbeat. Merry Christmas and the best for the New Year, Malou!

    1. thanks betty ann. im sure both of us would be rocking the kitchen if you are around.

  3. Good Job Malou. I know you've always been very generous of your time, talent and treasures even then.
    Happy Holidays!

  4. Terrific cause - you done good. And terrific recipe! We'll all do well to make this. Thanks.

  5. You prove that there really ARE good people in this world. I bet your dinner guests were so very full in their bellies and hearts. Well done Malou!

  6. Congratulations on the wonderful success of your fund raising for Tacloban! Everything on the menu sounds delicious! Any chance you will blog about the rice pudding recipe? I LOVE rice pudding and custard. :)


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