this is the sight that welcomed us, yes, right in front of the store, beside the entrance were two big pots of orangey beef broth (i’m not sure if it’s from vegetable coloring, like anatto, or from the meat itself.) there were only two items on the menu: balbacua or bulalo. if you’re looking for ambiance, stay away. it was a big hut with monobloc chairs and tables. but if you’re looking for a tasty meal, stay.
our table got three orders of bulalo and one order of balbacua. the broth is actually the same for both, only the meat is different — beef and marrow for bulalo, and beef skin and innards for balbacua. both had jiggly chunks of fat floating all around.
you cannot have this dish without rice and a dip of toyomansi (soy sauce, calamansi) and chili.
yes, that is a spoonful of fat above. don’t worry, i did not and i will not eat that even if you kill me first. (i think i’d die of all the cholesterol in the yummy broth though). 🙂