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Kare Kare

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Kare-Kare is a traditional Filipino stew complimented with a thick savory peanut sauce. The commonly used meats for this dish are ox tail, tripe, and pork leg; on some occasions goat and chicken meat are also used. Besides the peanuts, this dish depends on the shrimp paste (on the side) in order to be fully enjoyed. Traditionally, €œpalayok€ (clay cooking pot) is used to cook this dish and it is also used as the serving pot. I almost tried every meat that can possibly used in cooking Kare-Kare and in my opinion ox tail, pig€™s leg, cow€™s face (yes, face off), and tripe are the ones that I like. Ask every Filipino that you know and I€™m sure that they have a lot to say about this wonderful dish.
  String beans 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), cut into 2 inch slices (1 Bundle)
  Annatto seeds 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), soaked in a cup of water
  Oxtail 3 Pound, cut in 2 inch slices
  Banana flower bud 1 Small, sliced
  Pechay/Bok choy 1 Bunch (100 gm)
  String beans 1 Bunch (100 gm), cut in 2 inch slices
  Eggplants 4 , sliced
  Ground peanuts 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Peanut butter 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Shrimp paste 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Water 1 Liter
  Annatto seeds 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs) (Soaked In A Cup Of Water)
  Toasted ground rice 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Garlic 1 Tablespoon, minced
  Onion 1 Large, chopped
  Salt To Taste
  Pepper To Taste

1. In a large pot, bring the water to a boil
2. Put in the oxtail followed by the onions and simmer for 2.5 to 3 hrs or until tender (35 minutes if using a pressure cooker)
3. Once the meat is tender, add the ground peanuts, peanut butter, and coloring (water from the annatto seed mixture) and simmer for 5 to 7 minutes
4. Add the toasted ground rice and simmer for 5 minutes
5. On a separate pan, saute the garlic then add the banana flower, eggplant, and string beans and cook for 5 minutes
6. Transfer the cooked vegetables to the large pot (where the rest of the ingredients are)
7. Add salt and pepper to taste
8. Serve hot with shrimp paste. Enjoy!

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Main Dish
Meat, Oxtail
Filipino Oxtail Stew
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Kare Kare Recipe Video, Filipino Oxtail Stew