I love Kare-kare! To those who are not familiar with the dish, Kare-kare is a Philippine stew. Eating this dish brings back childhood memories of dining with my family at Barrio Fiesta. Kare-kare served in an earthenware pot! My parents used to order this and Crispy pata. Yes, my parents loved good food,too! We would always dine out on weekends.
Going back to Kare-kare, this dish is easy to cook but entails a lot of process that some would say, "I'd rather order it at a resto than cook it!" The good thing in cooking this at home is that you will have lots of servings and eat it as much as you want to. We ordered this at Max's a few weeks back. One serving cost P400 I think. It was good, but was "bitin."
So, what else is there to do but cook it! "wink."
Kare-kare. My version.
- 1/2 Kilo Beef meat
- 3/4 kilo Ox tripe
- Sting beans, eggplants, bok choy or pechay, banana bud, peanuts (optional). onion, garlic.
- 1 jar or 2 1/2 cups peanut butter
- salt, fish sauce, msg to taste.
How to cook:
1. Ox tripe and beef meat
- Wash and clean thoroughly the tripe. (I actually bought the cleaned tripe from the grocery)
- Put in a pot, add water to cover the tripe, and boil.
- Discard the water, add new, put the beef meat, and boil again for 2 hours or until tender.
- Slice the tripe to bite sizes.
- Set aside. Set aside the broth,too.
- Wash and clean vegetables.
- Slice according to your preference.
- Boil 4 cups of water in a sauce pan. Add 1/2 tsp salt.
- Blanch vegetables separately, light colored first.
- Remove each veggie batch and dip in cold water to stop cooking. This way, vegetables will retain its color and ill not be over cooked.
- Set aside.
3. Heat oil in pan.
4. Scoop a handful of peanuts and stir-fry. Set aside. (optional. I put peanuts in my kare-kare)
5. In the same cooking oil, saute the annato seeds until it emits the reddish color. Remove and discard the seeds.
6. In the same pan and cooking oil, saute garlic until brown, add onions.
7. Put the tripes and beef meat. Continue stirring.
8. Add 3 cups of broth. Continue stirring until it boils.
9. Put the ground rice, whole peanuts and peanut butter. mix and stir well.
10. Sauce wil start to thicken. Chcck the taste and adjust seasonings. Simmer.
11. Add the blanched vegetables (except pechay) and mix well. Cook for about 2 minutes more. Sauce should be thick, meat tender to the bite and vegetables just right.Turn off heat.
12. Transfer to a serving dish and arrange in a way that is appealing also to the eyes. Could be served with guisadong bagoong. (shrimp paste)
*Different ways to serve the kare-kare :)
The long process of cooking this dish is worth it! You'll have a potful of Kare-kare and many happy tummies!
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