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Saturday, June 27, 2009

Kare Kare

Kare kare (kari-kari as others called it) is one of my favorite Filipino foods. Every Filipino family do have their own version of Kare-kare, wheter its kare kareng baka, kare kareng baboy or kare kareng manok (beef, pork and chicken Kare kare).

But one thing is common, this Filipino dish is a rich and heavy meal served with rice. An ideal lunch dish during special occasions like fiestas, family gatherings and even for simple family outings.

The most popular Filipino version is the beef stew flavored and thickened in a peanut - based sauce, with a variety of vegetables. The most common cuts of beef used are tail, shank or face. A combination of the three may be used and most cooks preferred to add tripe.

Kare Kare With Peanuts And Bagoong
Kare Kare With Peanuts And Bagoong
Kare Kare Cooking and Serving Overview

The meat is first tenderized, then sauteed in garlic, bagoong, annatto seeds, and vegetables. Peanut butter is added during the last stages of cooking to thicken the sauce and give the characteristic flavour of the kari-kari.

Most common vegetables used are string beans or snake beans, pechay or baby bachoy, eggplant and banana buds from the banana heart, (optional ).

Kare-kare is always serve with white boil rice and bagoong alamang on the side. Bagoong Alamang is a paste of salted and fermented shrimp fingerlings, it is like a shrimp paste. Bagoong has a strong taste for some people but for me kare - kare is not kare kare if not serve with bagoong.

If green mangoes are available, it will be nice to serve it as a salad.

Kare Kare Basic Ingredients


* 1 oxtail
* 1 ox leg
* 1 ox tripe


* 2 medium sized eggplant cut in small pieces
* 1 banana heart sliced diagonally (optional)
* 1 bunch of pechay or baby bok choy
* 1 bunch of sitaw (snake/string beans)
* 1/2 head of cabbage

Other Ingredients :

* 1 cup peanut butter
* 4-5 cloves of garlic, minced or chopped
* 1 big onion sliced thinly
* 3 tablespoon cooking oil

Kare Kare Cooking Procedures

1). Wash the ox tail, legs and beef. Cut into serving pieces. Place in a heavy saucepan with enough water to cover. Bring to a boil, remove the scums as it rises, cover, add more water if you need to. Kare kare is better if the meat is tender. Let simmer until the meat is tender this will take about 1-2 hours.

2). Transfer the meat into a plate or a bowl and let it cool, set aside the stock.

3). In a large caserrole put the cooking oil to saute the garlic and onion in about 30 seconds.

4). Put the meat in the skillet and continue mixing.

5). Pour in the stock and bring to a boil for another 10 minutes.

6). Add the vegetables.

7). In a small bowl, stir the peanut butter with about 1/2 cup of stock and pour it in the caserrole. Stir to blend well. Cook for another 5-10 minutes until the sauce is thick.

8). Serve hot with bagoong alamang and boil rice.

Note: The image above may differ from the end result of this recipe.


Anonymous said...

My fav, delicious!

Matt Kay said...

Most Americans aren't familiar with Oxtail but I love it. I'm not experienced with Filipino cooking yet though. Great explanation of the dish. I appreciate that.

Matt Kay

Chef Jasper said...

love the dish!

tatess said...

Kare kare is an old time favorite.Special occassion is not complete without kare kare

Dennis Dolojan said...

this makes me miss a friend of mine.. she makes the best kare kare ever... even without shrimp paste it is good to go! love kare kare

Berylle said...

i love kare kare but it's takes too long to prepare.. i miss my mom cooking this dish!!

Vonn Angelie David said...

my fave dish! thanks

Charie@easy Chinese meals said...

Kare kare is one of my favorite Filipino cuisines, for me this is special dishes and cuisines or meals that to be served during special events or occasions.

Angie Vianzon said...

One of my favorite :) I'm glad my lola knows how to cook a good tasting Kare Kare and bagoong.

Ness said...

I didn't like kare-kare and didn't even know how to cook it. But when I got married, unfortunately, my husband loves it. And is always asking me to cook kare-kare for him. Got no choice but to learn it. Haha! Now I am loving it too!!

Leah | DavaoBase.com said...

This is one of our fave dishes! Since I don't cook, I'll just share your recipe to my siblings who do. =)

controversialcomments said...

Kare kare is one of my all time favorites. Tnx for sharing =) I like the sauce but don't like to mix it with bagoong

Rizza Gatchalian said...

Definitely one to try!! I love this dish!

Lipstick.chopsticks said...

I loce Kare kare but the healthier version, all vegies! What peanut butter do you use?

AyLin said...

My Dad's favorite! Thanks for sharing your recipe.

Adeline Yuboco said...

Great and easy to follow recipe of a Filipino classic. Thanks for sharing this Ron!

Shirgie Scf said...

I miss karekare... you reminded me of this delish filipino delicacy.

Nickle love said...

When I was younger I didn't like kare-kare, I don't eat bagoong kasi so kare-kare tastes bland for me. But when I got older, someone told me I could use fish sauce (patis, tama? LOL), then I ate kare-kare na. Then there was a time that I was fortunate to eat kare-kare that was so good, it didn't need bagoong or patis. Nomnom.

I'll bookmark this recipe for when I try to cook kare-kare. Hehehehe. Nagutom ako bigla. XD

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