For weeks now I’ve been craving for Kare Kare. A Filipino Stew. And for a long time I didn’t have the courage to try to cook it. But tonight, finally after putting it off for a long time I finally made it.
Kare Kare is a traditional Filipino stew complimented with a thick savory peanut sauce. The commonly used meats for this dish are ox tail, tripe, and pork leg; on some occasions goat and chicken meat are also used. Besides the peanuts, this dish depends on the shrimp paste (on the side) in order to be fully enjoyed. Traditionally, “palayok” (clay cooking pot) is used to cook this dish and it is also used as the serving pot.
I almost tried every meat that can possibly used in cooking Kare-Kare and in my opinion ox tail, pig’s leg, cow’s face (yes, face off), and tripe are the ones that I like. Ask every Filipino that you know and I’m sure that they have a lot to say about this wonderful dish.
Kare Kare Recipe
3 lbs oxtail (cut in 2 inch slices) you an also use tripe or beef slices
1 small banana flower bud (sliced)
1 bundle of pechay or bok choy
1 bundle of string beans (cut into 2 inch slices)
4 pcs 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 large onion, chopped
salt and pepper
Watch the cooking video:
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 with white rice and shrimp paste for better taste!