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My Lola Paying always served good food. It’s a good thing we used to eat at her house only once a week, otherwise I’d be a blimp.
At Lola’s house I ate crabs which I cracked with my bare teeth (I know right) and developed a taste for bone marrow.
They didn’t call it “bulalo” in my lola’s house; they called it “utak”, which means “brain.” (I know, gross.)
But Lola’s bone marrow was served in a beef sinigang soup which is to die for!!
When my Lola was too old to host lunches, I was glad my mom picked up the recipe, which she continues to serve for Sunday lunch.
Lola’s cooking was so good, she told me National Artist Fernando Amorsolo would eat at her house and give her paintings in exchange.

Lola Paying and I
Lola and I in her home on Data Street. She was an angel.

Now skip this if you’re vegetarian. I am helpless because it is close to midnight and I’m thinking of bone marrow. I’m trying to convince my friend Jude to serve bone marrow in his restaurant.
Bear with me as I go through people’s photos of bone marrow dishes around the world.

Antonio’s, Tagaytay

Beef Bone Marrow

Lolita at Tremont, Ohio

Bone Marrow - Lolita - Tremont, Ohio

Wayfare Tavern Bone Marrow with grilled sourdough, roasted brussels sprouts, sea salt, smoked olive oil

Wayfare Tavern: Bone Marrow

They used to serve this at Bon Apetit, Rustan’s. Sadly, no more

bone marrow pasta platter

OK, it’s past midnight and I have to stop looking at food pics as my next meal will be 12 hours from now.
I just tortured myself.

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Hunter

Try the bone marrow and steak soft tacos at Q Restaurant at Bonifacio High Street. TDF. Literally. XD
Or, if you want to go the more traditional route, try the Roasted Bone Marrow served with baguette slices at Wildflour in Bonifacio Global City (heard they were opening a branch at Podium but not sure if it’s open already).

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Eversince i was little, i loved utak however my brother always use to say that I will go crazy too if i eat the utak of the crazy cow. The reason is “utak” is also known as brains in ilonggo. I used to believe him but i later realized he would just say that so he can eat all if it himself. I love utak and  yes this post is indeed toture…i need to get my utak fix asap! [Reply]CVS Reply:August 5th, 2011 at 7:19 AMbrothers are like that 🙂 [Reply]Joy Reply:August 6th, 2011 at 9:36 PMI’m Ilonggo;  in Bacolod,… Read more »

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goldielucks

I don’t know what is it with bone marrow, it’s very sinful yet very hard to resist. We all know it will clog our arteries but we don’t care!  And oh, I know doctors will refute this, but every time I have “utok”  from pochero (the best place to go to when you’re in Cebu is in Abuhan Restaurant), my milk supply just shoots up to the point of engorgement. (Sorry for those who are grossed out) As a nurse, I know theoretically this has no basis; but I’m stating a fact which I have been keenly observing since I… Read more »

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Bam

She looks so much like Chelo…

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CVS Reply:

true 🙂
miss you Bam

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Ooooo… such a cutie you were (and still are) Ms. C! We used to call it “utak” too, but I was more exposed to the ones coming from pigs… and when I was a kid, I really thought it was the actual brain! Until my grandma introduced me to how brains should look like.  She happened to use both pig’s brain and bone with marrow for macaroni soup. TDF! And since I liked mine a bit sweet, I’ll add Nido to my bowl. Yes, the actual Nido powder! The end parts, I don’t know what they’re called, the joints(?) were… Read more »

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Miss C, You’re such a gourmand hihihi….BM is also my husband favorite I know it’s heavenly good but when I look at it and think about the cholesterol i get a headache. But  lucky you  for having that appetite and no problems about cholesterol.

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You were a cute baby! Marrow looks good too but I am always more drawn to pics of babies. Hehe

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CVS Reply:

thank you 🙂

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So mouthwatering. I’ve been craving for bone marrow ever since I saw your blog entry on craftsteak. [Reply]Mbdales Reply:August 4th, 2011 at 9:09 PMHaha Good one. Im sure you can relate to my craving! I’m not much of a steak person, but after i saw Ms C’s post on it, gosh, i just could not get it out of my head!! So whats a girl to do?! Drag her loved ones along. Case in point, we were at this cafe with a connecting resto, right? So its past 10 and we’re ordering hot chocolate with sinful sweets. Then this server… Read more »

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Mbdales

Haha Good one. Im sure you can relate to my craving! I’m not much of a steak person, but after i saw Ms C’s post on it, gosh, i just could not get it out of my head!! So whats a girl to do?! Drag her loved ones along. Case in point, we were at this cafe with a connecting resto, right? So its past 10 and we’re ordering hot chocolate with sinful sweets. Then this server passes us with this awesome steak on a hotplate. Even before we finish the sweets, we ordered the steak and finished the darn… Read more »

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steph

It’s a good thing your mom was able to get your lola’s recipes. This post reminds me of my lola. She used to cook and bake for us every sunday brunch. She makes very good boston brown bread and oatmeal cookies. My lola, in her last years, made an effort to scribble down her recipes in her address book. Unfortunately she passed away before completing it. =

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jb

hi, enjoyed reading your blog esp the bulalo of your lola! And was surprised to know u grew up in Data street too? I live here 🙂

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CVS Reply:

you do? wait email me! chuvaness@me.com

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I can almost taste it! 🙂

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Tinesd

The Balcony Gastropub in C. Palanca Legaspi Village, Makati serves that with parsley salad and grilled bread 🙂

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CVS Reply:

any good?

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I swear tumataba ako when I read your food posts. But I like that this particular one has a lola story to it. 🙂 I guess your bulalo is really your comfort food because it’s associated with your lola’s cooking. 🙂

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CVS Reply:

i think you’re right

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Picture pa lang ansakit na sa batok kekekekeke… XD but id die to have one of those crusted tops on brioche

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I just had a heart attack looking at these pictures! 

My new nanny threw away the marrow the last time I cooked Nilaga. I went crazy and wanted to cry. But she probably saved me 10 extra days of life. hehehe.

Ok, maybe 10 extra weeks. 😛

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Been enjoying your posts on bone marrow dishes, beginning with last weekend’s Craftsteak.   Just wanted to know which of those do you consider as the best?   You now got us craving REAL bad!  Torture, indeed…  Hahaha! [Reply]CVS Reply:August 3rd, 2011 at 11:38 AMCraftsteak rocks!! i wish I could try Antonio’s though [Reply]Hello Balloon Reply:August 3rd, 2011 at 2:43 PMSige, we’ll check out Antonio’s the next time we go to Tagaytay… Of all the photos, I was gravitating towards their version too.  Of course, Craftsteak is on the list for the next HK trip too.  Cheers! 🙂 [Reply]CVS Reply:August 3rd, 2011… Read more »

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those are decadent! sinful! 😛

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Anonymous

san pang resto me tindang bone marrow dito sa manila? parang i want to try. nagugutom ako sa pictures!

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CVS Reply:

Cirkulo on Pasay Road

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I love bone marrow. I buy that chunks of “bulalo” in the grocery and cook caldereta with it. Then, I am always the one looking for the bone marrow. Nom nom nom!

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I loved that bulalo pasta in Bon Apetit, also their aligue pasta! Yes, death by cholesterol!

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lover010178 Reply:

Is that the aligue of the talangka? OMG! That reminds me of the aligue that my tita gave us. TDF!

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trisha_cm Reply:

Yes,  saute with garlic then serve with pasta (topped with a little calamansi and strips of fresh basil). YUM!

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lover010178

Is that the aligue of the talangka? OMG! That reminds me of the aligue that my tita gave us. TDF!

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Yes,  saute with garlic then serve with pasta (topped with a little calamansi and strips of fresh basil). YUM!

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hahahaha! marrow is still utak in our house. used to wonder how the cow’s brain got there..lol!God bless

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they call it utak at home too lalo na nilagang na baka pero sila lang kumakain kasi ayoko tinataktak pa pinsan sa pinggan tapos lalabas na cya from the bones  sa katang alimasag or alimango namanalige lanng gusto ko

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Haha! We call it “utak” at home too. XD My mum knows how much I love that part that’s why she saves every bone marrow for me each time she cooks bulalo.

The pictures are so nakakagutom. >.<

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