Kare-kare is a traditional Filipino dish that is rich, hearty, and savory. It is a stew made with oxtail, vegetables, and a thick peanut sauce. Kare-kare is commonly served during special occasions and gatherings.
- 2 lbs oxtail, cut into 2-inch pieces
- 1 pc 1 eggplant, sliced
- 1 bundle pechay or bok choy, sliced
- 1 whole banana blossom, sliced
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1/4 cup toasted rice, ground
- 1 pc onion, chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tbsp annatto powder
- 4 cups water
- 1 tbsp fish sauce
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1/2 tbsp Salt and pepper, to taste
- In a large pot, heat the vegetable oil and sauté the garlic and onion until the onion is translucent.
- Add the oxtail and water, and bring to a boil. Skim off any foam that rises to the top.
- Reduce the heat and simmer for about 3 hours or until the meat is soft and tender. Add more water as needed.
- Add the annatto powder, peanut butter, and toasted rice to the pot, and stir until well combined.
- Add the eggplant, banana blossom, and pechay or bokchoy, and continue to cook until the vegetables are tender.
- Season with fish sauce, salt, and pepper to taste.
- Serve hot with rice.
For best result make a bagoong alamang as a dip sauce to balance the taste.