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Monday, December 10, 2012


9:23:00 AM 17 Comments
Kare-kare is one of mom's specialties. It is a Filipino stew  mostly commonly served on birthdays and other special occasions. Hubby says, it sounds like adapted from Indian dish Curry. Hmm, maybe but the sauce of kare-kare is made from peanut and not coconut milk. For me, this is an expensive dish. But I don't care, once every 2 or 3 months, won't hurt the pocket. 

You can use oxtail, beef, pork or tripe for this recipe. Though oxtail and beef are a lot tastier than other  meat. This recipe is a mixture of oxtail and tripe.


1 piece Oxtail -cut into 2 inches thick
1/2 kg Tripe -sliced on your desired size
1 liter of water
3 cloves Garlic - minced
1 medium size Onion - chopped
1 big size Aubergine (3- 4 Eggplants) -sliced
400 grams Green Beans  (Sitaw) -cut into about 2 inches long
2-3 Pak Choi (Pechay) - stems separated
1 banana bud or blossom (puso ng saging) Sometimes due to unavailability, I do not put this.
1 tbsp Annatto Powder ( atsuete) -dissolved in warm water
1 jar of Peanut Butter (preferably smooth)
3 tbps toasted ground rice 
Salt and pepper to taste 
2 tbsp Cooking Oil (Vegetable/Sunflower)
Shrimp Paste (Dip)

Method of cooking:

  1. In a large pot, boil the water and add the oxtail. Put some salt. Cook the meat until tender (approximately 2 -3 hours). Half way through the cooking add the tripe. You may need to add more water as it evaporates in the process.
  2. Stir-in the peanut butter and the dissolved annatto powder. Set the heat on medium and simmer again for another 5-10 minutes. 
  3. Add the toasted ground rice and simmer again for 5 minutes more. 
  4. In a large pan/wok, saute garlic, onion and green beans for 3 minutes. Add the aubergine and cook for another 5 minutes. Finally, add the pak choi and toss for 2 minutes. 
  5. Transfer the sauteed vegetables in the large pot where you boiled the oxtail. Simmer for 3 minutes. 
  6. Finally, add some salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Serve hot with boiled rice and shrimp paste. 

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Banana Fritters

2:33:00 AM 9 Comments
I've been into many Chinese and Thai restaurants, they all have Banana Fritters on their dessert menu. I've been dying to know the recipe for this. I needed a perfect batter to give justice to simple treat. Finally, I  found a reliable one or if you happen to know one, please share it with me. 

I'll head over to local Asian store tomorrow and buy what I needed for this simple yet delicious dessert. For now, let's all drool while looking at the following photos of banana fritters. 

Banana Fritter from my favorite Chinese restaurant

Banana Fritter from my favorite Thai restaurant
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