Kare-Kare Recipe (Peanut Stew)
Ringo | On 16, Aug 2012
Kare-Kare or Philippine Peanut Stew is a dish made from peanut sauce with meat and vegetables. Here in the Philippines it is best eaten with rice and sweet shrimp paste. Filipinos claimed the origin of this dish, and many said that it originated in Pampanga.
But, I don’t care to where it originated, I will just sit down, eat and will just stop when I can’t move anymore due to bloating. For me, the best Kare-Kare is my mom’s. I can’t compare it to any restaurants I/we dined in. There was this distinct flavor that my mom can do.
My mom, never do Kare-Kare using the ready to mix one. She combines all the natural flavors and she usually uses tripe (twalya) as the meat ingredient, but the last kare-kare she cooked she used pork buto-buto.
Here are the ingredients she used:
- 1 kilo Meat (You can use oxtail, tripe and many more) – If you will use tripe make sure that you will boil it separately until it tenders, set aside the tripe stock.
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 2 spoon ground rice, diluted in water
- 1 bundle String beans – choped
- 3 pieces eggplant – chopped
- 2 bundles pechay – bottom removed and chopped
- 3 spoon chuete (soaked in water)
- 4 gloves garlic – finely minced
- 2 medium onions – chopped
- Seasonings and pepper
I am the one in-charged with the bagoong (Shrimp paste) here are the ingredients:
- 3 cups bagoong (Pangasinan)
- 1/4 brown sugar
- 3 spoon vinegar
- 1 cup water
- Procedure (for the bagoong):
- Saute the garlic and onions
- Add the bagoong and let it simmer
- Add the water, brown sugar and vinegar
- Let the bagoong boil for about 10 minutes or until the water is gone
- For the Kare-Kare:
- Saute garlic and onions
- Add the meat and let it simmer for a while
- Add tripe stock, peanut butter and put into boil
- Add the achuete mixture and rice mixture them put into boil, wait until the sauce became thicker
- Add pepper and seasonings then stir
- Add the vegetables and put into boil.
- I love this dish and I separately add chilies to my shrimp paste. I can have 5 cups of rice in one sitting when my mom cook this.