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Monday, November 25, 2013

Kare-Kare (Stew Meat)



by: Chay

Growing up in the city with working parents, my siblings and I were assigned daily chores to help the family. When I arrived home from school my chore was cooking for the family. My mom would create a weekly menu for me to follow and shopped for the ingredients. Most of the meals were stir-fry vegetables with meat and a few soup recipes. These kinds of meals are very common in the Philippines, the country I grew up in.

Little did I know a love for cooking was growing inside.

Most of the time, I follow recipes to create dishes, but if some of the ingredients are not available, or my husband objects, I use substitutes. These improvised dishes work out as much as the real ones.

While at the store the other day I thought about making a Filipino stew meat dish called kare-kare (pronounced curry-curry). It is normally served with shrimp paste (bagoong), but shrimp paste was not available. Besides, my American husband doesn’t like the smell of shrimp paste, but that’s a whole different story (lol). Even without using the traditional shrimp paste the kare-kare tasted ssoooo good.

Ingredients:

Oxtail or Pork

Garlic

Onion

Pechay (bokchoy)

Beans

Eggplant

Peanut butter (3 spoons)

Kare-kare mix


1. Boil the meat in a separate pan.

2. Saute garlic, onion

3. Add the boiled meat

4. Add the string beans, eggplant, and add the bokchoy last.

5. Put the kare-kare mix

6. Add peanut butter

7. Seasoned with a little bit of salt and pepper.

8. Served with bagoong (shrimp paste)

11 comments:

  1. wow, chay! girl...you are our very own cooking goddess!!

    i only eat this particular dish whenever i'm home(philippines). for some reason i cannot make it taste like how it should taste...ha!ha!ha!

    now, after reading your recipe, i know why...i do it differently.i'll give your's a try and see how it goes.

    thanks sunshine!!

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  2. Eng .. without the kare-kare mix flavor that I got from the store, this dish is hard to make (I think).

    I was just inspired when Betchai made tofu kare-kare !

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  3. chay, sarap, nagugutom ako :) I really love to spend time in our kitchen, full of mouth watering foods, warm stories, and recipes :) Thanks Chay for sharing.

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  4. My mom was a single parent, with three kids. She worked hard, long hours, to provide for us. I always did the cooking, and cleaning too. MY older sister did some, but my baby sister we babied her.

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  5. That looks so good! I like simple dishes since I don't like cooking that much.

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  6. Hi Melissa thanks for sharing ! I am so glad that I took on the cooking chore - I find cooking relaxing and fun !

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  7. Hi Icy BC - I am into simple and fast styles of cooking. I don't really have the luxury of time to do much in the kitchen.

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  8. mmmm yummy! sarap naman Chay! ;) na miss ko tuloy kare-kare, sabi ko kay hubby turuan ko sya magluto hihihi ;) Chay thanks for sharing and reminding us our very own Filipino dishes

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  9. cooky chay, kami ni Mond halos lahat ng food paborito namin! hahaha! makakain nga ng kare-kare bukas, naglalaway ako. hehehe!

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  10. I love kare kare and I prefer using ox tripe and some beef chunks. I still cook it here but nothing beats a kare kare cooked with all thge philippine's authentic ingredients

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  11. isa ito sa mga favorite ni hubby Chay e, kaso di ko alam lutuin he-he-he finally i have a simple recipe to follow....try ko bukas pag di ako inantok to cook for dinner he he he...

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