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Monday, December 10, 2012


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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  1. Kare-Kare looks delish Sis :-) I never make this recipe yet :-) but I tried it when my friends cook :-) I cannot make it for my family as two of them are allergic to peanuts :-( Thank you Sis for joining today's BPC, do appreciate it mwah :-)

  2. Oh my gosh, that's one thing I missed sis. I can't cook it at home kasi allergic si Mr. Burrito sa peanut butter.

    My Yellow
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  3. I so missed this dish.. Yummy and I want some right now:(

    Visiting from MYM- hope you can stop by..

  4. That looks so yummy! There's this kare-kare that I really like because of its unique and very tasty taste. This one looks like it could pass my taste buds! :D

    BPC hopping!

  5. now, I'm drooling! it's been awhile since I had kare-kare...yum!

    bpc hop too!

  6. Looks delicious ! I love to try out new things I don't know !

  7. Definitely my favorite and I am so missing it! That made me drool sis! here for bpc..

  8. Yes, this recipe is indeed very expensive, Len. But I must say it's worth every penny. One of my most fave Pinoy recipes :-)

  9. i love kare kare! its one of my fave!

    from BPC!

  10. sinful tong kare-kare na ito.. arghhh sarap!

  11. This is indeed an expensive recipe and my first time to cook this is for a friend's welcome party. The guests liked it. LOL

    I want to try it again this Christmas using your recipe. Pahiram ako ha. Thanks! Hehehe

  12. oh lala im drooling. it's been ages since the last time i had kare kare. i miss a lot of pinoy foods/

  13. Thank you for sharing your recipe. I will try this kare kare recipe at home. It's one of my favorite Filipino foods.

  14. Miss ko na ang kare kare sis, can't cook it here kasi allergic son ko sa peanut..


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