Kare Kare is a type of Filipino stew with a rich and thick peanut sauce. It is a popular dish in the Philippines served during special occasions. The traditional recipe is composed of ox tail. There are instances wherein both ox tripe and tail are used.
The vegetable components of the dish are string beans, eggplant, bok choy, and banana blossoms. Lightly browned toasted ground rice is used to thicken the sauce. The best way to eat kare-kare is to pair it with plain white rice. Bagoong alamang or fermented shrimp paste completes the dish by providing flavor.
RECIPES & COOK BOOKS
Here's a list of recipes and cook books you can buy from different chefs:
- Simpol The Cookbook By Chef Tatung
- Mama Sita's Flavors of the Philippine Islands cookbook
- Also Filipino: 75 Regional Dishes I Never Had Growing Up
- Filipino Recipes Cookbook Kusina ni Lola Lola's Kitchen Lutong Pinoy Merienda Panghimagas Hapunan
- SARAP PINOY - MGA LUTUING PILIPINO (COOKBOOK)
- P15-P20 Random Recipes
There are several versions of kare-kare. The most common difference of each has something to do with the meat ingredient. We now know that the traditional protein used for this dish is oxtail. Tripe is also a good ingredient to use. There are also versions that make use of other types of meat, and even seafood.
What is Beef Kare-kare?
What is Seafood Kare Kare?
Shrimp, crab, mussels, and squid are seafood. There is a version which incorporates all of these ingredients. It is referred to as seafood kare-kare. Fish can also be used.
What is Pata Kare-kare?
Pata refers to pig leg or pork hock. It is the second popular ingredient next to oxtail. People are using this cut of meat because it is cheaper than beef and works well with the other ingredients. I like pata in my kare kare. The thick and tasty sauce complements the tender meat and fat of the pata.
Kare Kare Ingredients
- 3 lbs oxtail cut in 2 inch slices you an also use tripe or beef slices
- 1 piece small banana flower bud sliced
- 1 bundle pechay or bok choy
- 1 bundle string beans cut into 2 inch slices
- 4 pieces eggplants sliced
- 1 cup ground peanuts
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1/2 cup shrimp paste
- 34 Ounces water about 1 Liter
- 1/2 cup annatto seeds soaked in a cup of water
- 1/2 cup toasted ground rice
- 1 tbsp garlic minced
- 1 piece onion chopped
- salt and pepper
ATTRACTIONS TO SEE IN MANILA
ACTIVITIES AND TOURS IN MANILA
How to Cook Kare Kare
- In a large pot, bring the water to a boil
- Put in the oxtail followed by the onions and simmer for 2.5 to 3 hrs or until tender (35 minutes if using a pressure cooker)
- Once the meat is tender, add the ground peanuts, peanut butter, and coloring (water from the annatto seed mixture) and simmer for 5 to 7 minutes
- Add the toasted ground rice and simmer for 5 minutes
- On a separate pan, saute the garlic then add the banana flower, eggplant, and string beans and cook for 5 minutes
- Transfer the cooked vegetables to the large pot (where the rest of the ingredients are)
- Add salt and pepper to taste
- Serve hot with shrimp paste. Enjoy!
Disclaimer: this recipe is originally published by panlasangpinoy.com