Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Kare Kare (Beef with Peanut Sauce)

Kare kare is an authentic Filipino stew made from peanut sauce, vegetables, beef  and sometimes with oxtail or tripe. It is eaten together with shrimp paste. Kare kare is not kare kare without the bagoong or shrimp paste. And any  Filipino occasion is not complete without this sumptuous dish on the table. Now a days cooking kare kare kare is  never a problem anymore, just buy a packet of  kare kare mix, add a little bit of peanut butter and a bottle of cooked shrimp paste and there goes your  yummy meal serve with rice, delicious dessert and a cold drink.

Kare Kare

  • 1- 1 1/2 kilos ox tail , cut into 2 inches long or beef brisket
  • 6 cups water
  • 1/4 cup cooking oil
  • 3 head garlic, crushed
  • 1 big onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup anatto seeds for coloring
  • 1/4 anatto seeds 
  • 4 eggplants, cut in 2 inch length and sliced to 4
  • 1 banana heart, sliced crosswise
  • 1 bundle string beans/sitaw, cut in 2 inches length
  • 1 bundle bok choy/pechay 
  • 1/4 cup peanuts
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup toasted rice 
  • salt and pepper

1. Clean the oxtail or beef brisket. Boil once and discard water. Boil again with 6 cups water until tender. Add more water if needed.
2. Heat 1/4 cup oil, put in atsuete seeds until it brings out color. Remove from fire, strain and discard the seeds. Set aside.
3. Grind the peanuts and the toasted rice. Set aside.
4. Saute garlic and onions in the atsuete oil. Pour into the cooked meat. Stir well.
5. Add the peanut butter, ground toasted rice and peanuts and mix thoroughly. Season with a little salt and pepper. Add more toasted rice powder till you reach desired consistency. Add the vegetables except the bok choy. Cook until done. Add in the bok choy before turning off the fire. 
6. Serve with Bagoong Guisado.

Bagoong Guisado
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil
  • 3 head garlic, minced
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 small tomato, chopped
  • 1/4 kilo pork with fat, diced
  • 1 1/2 cup shrimp paste
  • 3 tbsp sugar 
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • chili/jalapeno pepper (optional)

  1. Heat pan and cook the pork until the oil comes out.
  2. Add garlic, onion, and tomato. Saute until the juice comes out from the tomato.
  3. Put the  shrimp paste and  sugar. Mix well
  4. Add in vinegar. Cook for 10-15 minutes over medium fire, stirring  once in a while.
  5. Transfer to a serving bowl and serve together with the Kare kare.

This is my mom's recipe and looks complicated and difficult to do. No short cut, all are made from scratch. For easier and modern kare kare recipe, use Kare kare mix and store bought cooked Bagoong guisado. Not as good as the old recipe though but at least you have the taste of kare kare.

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  1. drooling... ang sarap, one of my favorites.. actually our favorites..

  2. drooling, too...need to wipe out drool on my keyboard (LOL). my favorite kare-kare is at Country Spice, a restaurant in our ofc building. balik-balikan mo talaga.:p

  3. Ang sarap ng itsura ng Kare Kare mo! :)

    My FTF post is up HERE. Happy weekends!

  4. Ako rin,I always rely on Kare-kare mix,I don't know how to cook it from scratch. where's the bagoong? :D

  5. oh my kare-kare. this is one of my favorite dish.. i tried it once and it was successful.. i think i cooked my shrimp paste well..

  6. i know how to cook my mom's family recipe kare kare from scratch pero nakakatamad minsan .mabusisi.

    i discover a new brand of shrimp paste which is much better than Barrio fiesta na napakatamis at lasang asukal na.try nyo CRIZELDA'S sauteed shrimp paste.masarap siya

    pag sinisipag ,gumagawa ako ng sariling bagoong.

  7. Tess, you are making me hungry with your kare kare, miss na miss ko na yan.

    Spice Up your Life

  8. Sarap! One of my favorites pero di ko pa carry ang magluto nito on my own. Gusto ko kasi munang matuto na lutuin ito without kare-kare mix.

    Pano ko ba maipapadala ang ensaymada dyan? Pwedeng i-email ko na lang? hihihi. Enjoy your weekend, Tatess :D

    We Ate This!

  9. I love kare fact i just cooked one today :-)

  10. beef chunks or pork leg are my choices for this

    heres mine

  11. Congrats! I saw you're being featured in Foodtrip Friday! TGIF!

  12. I haven't eaten kare-kare for a long time. Your kare-kare is making me crave for it :)


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