Edited by mahalia jovita b. bugasto, Eng, Cave Man, Rebecca M. and 3 others
Kare-kare is one of the Philippines' most famous dishes. It is a stew which usually consists of ox tail and pork or beef hocks, along with vegetables. The most commonly used vegetables in this recipe are eggplant, long beans, Chinese cabbage and the heart of banana. It is flavored with ground roasted peanuts or peanut butter, either chunky or smooth, and other spices. Annatto seed or powder plays an important role in this dish. It gives the dish its vibrant color.
This dish is usually served during special occasions such as birthdays, christenings, weddings and fiestas. When you see kare-kare served, it probably means that something is being celebrated, and it is something to look forward too. Kare-kare originated in the Philippines, but it is not limited to the area. People from all over the world can taste and have their mouths water with this savory dish that Filipinos had discovered.
This dish is best paired with shrimp paste. Ordinary shrimp paste will do, but it is too salty so you will want to balance its flavor by sauteing it and adding more flavors to the shrimp paste (sweet and spicy). Just keep in mind that cooking a shrimp paste doesn't really smell that good, but it will taste a lot better.
Things you'll need:
Steps for Cooking
- 1Boil the pork hocks (or whichever meat you are using) until soft. Once the meat is tender and soft, set aside the meat, but reserve the broth.
- If you want a thicker sauce, you can add toasted ground rice, along with step number 4. (You will need 1/3 cup of rice, toasted in a dry saucepan on low heat. Keep stirring until just golden brown. Let it cool. Once cooled, grind it using a mortar and pestle, until powder-like.)
- Instead of choosing ground peanuts or peanut butter (or otherwise), why not just use both? It will taste better, and after all, this is an oxtail with peanut butter stew, so don't hold back.
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