Kare kare is a customary Filipino stew complimented with a thick savoury peanut sauce. This dish is an easy to make Filipino recipe that contains mainly peanut butter beef, banana heart, eggplant and long green beans. The commonly used meats for this dish are ox tail, tripe, and pork leg; on some occasions goat and chicken meat are also used. The tripe (tuwalya), which is the lining of the cow’s first and second stomachs, is as challenging to cook as the oxtail. The tripe needs to be cleaned and blanched thoroughly and it must be cooked for hours to make it tender and edible.
So, don’t just sit there, start tenderizing that tripe!
300 grams ox tripe (cut in 2 inch slices) you can also use oxtail
250 grams beef chunks
1 liter of water (for boiling meat and oxtail tripe)
3 tablespoons atsuete (dissolve in 1/4 cup of hot water)
1 large onion, chopped
2 tablespoons oil
1 cup ground peanuts
1 piece eggplant (sliced)
1 beef broth cube
1 small banana heart (sliced)
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 bundle of string beans (cut into 3 inch slices)
1/2 cup ground rice
1 head garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon msg or vetsin
1 bundle of pechay or bok choy
- Heat up the oil, then put in the achuete seeds for a couple minutes until the oil becomes deep red. Strain out the seeds. (The achuete oil can stain tile counters so be careful not to spill or splatter any oil. Although bleach can remove the stain, you may want to test it first to make sure it will not affect the color of the tiles.)
- 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, sauté 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!
Shrimp paste is typically served on the side with Kare Kare to add saltiness.
If you think cooking Kare kare is a big hassle, then you might want to try using ready made Kare kare mix. Tell us about your cooking experience!