This Filipino Kare-Kare Recipe is a meat and vegetable stew with oxtail, beef or tripe, eggplant, banana buds, pechay, string beans and other vegetables that mainly flavored with a sweet and savory peanut sauce. Kare-Kare is a well- known dish from Pampanga aptly hailed as the Culinary Capital of the Philippines. Its name derived from the word “Kari” from the word “curry”. However, Kare-Kare has a far different from the Indian’s curry. Kare-Kare has a similar flavor to satay because of the use of peanuts in the sauce.
Kare-Kare Recipe, Getting Started
To commence the cooking of Kare-Kare, start off with sautéing atsuete or annatto seeds until the red-orange color comes out from the seeds. After this, remove the seeds from the atsuete oil and proceed with stir-frying the chopped onions and minced garlic. Once these become light brown and aromatic, add in the ground rice followed by the peanut butter. Continue stirring this rice peanut butter mixture then add in the choice of meat. The vegetables should be cooked in a separate stock pot to prevent them from getting over-cooked. Simmer the meat and peanut butter mixture and then adjust the taste accordingly.
Kare-Kare’s Basic ingredients
There are other versions of Kare-Kare where they substitute Beef with Pork. Some use Seafood like Shrimp, mussels, crabs, and squid and they call this version as “ Kare-Kareng dagat” mainly because dagat means sea. The best condiment for Kare-Kare is bagoong alamang or fermented shrimp paste. The bagoong alamang is sautéed with onions and garlic and then sugar is added for sweetness. For a more exciting bagoong alamang, red chilies are mixed in for added spice. The saltiness and sweetness of the bagoong alamang balances and complement the nutty and meaty flavor of Kare-Kare. Just like any other Filipino main dish, Kare-Kare is best eaten with hot steamed rice.
- 2½ lbs Beef hocks or Oxtail, cut into 2" lengths
- 6 tbsp peanut butter
- 1 bundle sitaw or long beans (cut 3" length)
- 2 bundles bokchoy / pechay
- 2-6 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 medium onion, sliced
- 1 tsp achuete powder for coloring
- 1 medium eggplant (cut into 6 pieces)
- 1 tbsp fish sauce
- Bagoong or shrimp paste
- Boil the Beef hocks or Pork until soft. Set aside. Reserve the broth.
- In a wok, saute garlic and onion.
- Add pork hocks and fish sauce. Cook for a few minutes.
- Add 2½ cups of the pork/beef broth, salt, achuete and peanut butter. Simmer for 5 mins.
- Add the vegetables and cook until vegetables are tender. Stir occasionally.
- Season with salt to taste.
- Serve with bagoong or shrimp paste.
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