The Housewife Apprentice: Kare Kare


Kare – kare  is a rich and meaty Filipino stew of oxtails, green beans and eggplant in a sauce thickened with peanut butter. Served on special occasions or as a Sunday meal, Kare-kare is always accompanied by white rice and a bit of sautéed shrimp paste called bagoong alamang.


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  • pork cuts or ox tail
  • string beans
  • eggplants
  • pechay or bok choy
  • Kare- Kare mix
  • peanut butter
  • salt and pepper
  • shrimp paste
  • water
  • annatto seeds


  • Combine water and annatto seeds in a bowl and set aside for 30 minutes.
  • Once the water turns red, strain the seeds over another bowl then mix with cornstarch. Set aside the mixture then discard the seeds.
  • Add water and pork cuts in a large pot over high heat. Bring to a boil.
  • Once the oxtail is tender, add the peanut butter and mix thoroughly.
  • Dilute the kare-kare mix in a separate bowl with water then pour into the pot.
  • Add the annatto water then stir gently until all the mixture combined.
  • Add the eggplants and string beans and let it simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Top the everything off with pechay or bok choy and let it simmer for another 3-5 minutes.
  • Serve with hot rice and shrimp paste on the side.







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