A trip to the cool (in more ways than one) city of Tagaytay is never complete without gorging on its famous and delectable delicacy – the simple Bulalo. This sinful but heavenly beef soup of shank (marrow still inside the bone) served with cabbage and string beans, is a Filipino favourite. Best paired with another Tagaytay specialty – the Fried Crispy Tawilis (a fresh water sardine found exclusively in the Philippines, specifically in Taal Lake) with loads of freshly steamed rice and dipped in a medley of fish sauce, calamansi (the local lime), and chilies, the Bulalo is to be found at just about any corner hereabouts.
Since most visitors likewise put importance to the fantastic view of the ridge where restaurants abound, they miss the opportunity to savour the Bulalo where it truly originated – the Mahogany Market. Not everyone’s aware that this market’s the real source of the freshest beef, for right behind it is the slaughter house. And it has been so since time immemorial.
A couple of my friends and I recently paid homage to this humble place to partake of brunch and boy, were we completely tummy satisfied with large and yummy portions of the Bulalo, Beef Tapa, fried milkfish, Pork Lechon Paksiw, fried eggs, and Crispy Tawilis plus rice (obviously!) and soda drinks (and free native bananas as dessert!) at a most pocket-friendly price of Php1,100.oo! One would easily shell out at least double that amount on the ridge!
So if you want satisfy your cravings sans ambience and picturesque panoramas, the Mahogany Market Bulalohan is truly where the beef and a lot more delicious treats are! Forget the view, the sacrifice is well worth it!