Search This Blog

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Kare Kare - Oxtail Peanut Butter Stew

This is my ultimate favorite dish.  I used to beg The Father to make this all the time.  I used to hid the leftovers so I could have it all to myself.  When The Parents moved away, I would beg them to make it when I would go to California.  There are many variations of the dish but I had to make it like The Father and my Lola used to.  I had a basic understanding how the recipe was but I finally got the recipe out of The Mother.  Even The Husband liked it.  It was much to my disappointment that The Daughter is allergic to nuts so unfortunately, I am unable to make it as much.  I really don't have measurements for this since it is per taste.  This recipe is one of their many recipes when The Parents tell me, just a little or it is up to you comment when I ask them about measurements.   
Oxtail (I used 2 packs because The Husband likes the meat)
Beef Tripe
Beef Bouillon
String Beans
Napa Cabbage
Sazon by Goya or any brand you like
Salt and Pepper
  1. Boil the oxtail with onion and garlic.  The use of a pressure cooker is great for this.  In my cause, I used a slow cooker and I left it for about 6 hours.  Oxtail is quite tough so it takes a long time to cook.
  2. Once the oxtail is tender, add the tripe and cook for a 5-10 minutes.  Do not overcook it.
  3. After the meat is cook, remove from the pot but keep the liquid for later.
  4. Take the meat and saute it in a wok or large skillet add the chicken bouillon and sazon (to taste) and more garlic and onions. 
  5. Once the meat browned slightly add the veggies.  Start with the string beans, the egg plant and lastly the napa cabbage. 
  6. Once everything is sauteed together, add the peanut butter, broth from earlier and pepper to taste. 
  7. Serve over rice. 
*For The Daughter, I set aside some meat and veggies so she is able to try it.

This one was for The Daughter
This was for the rest of The Family


  1. Hi Joy, Kare Kare is my favorite dish also. I try to make them as much as I can when I get the chance. You made me very hungry now. Just looking at your photo,the tripe, eggplant and the whole thing, I'm really craving for it now. Thank you for sharing.

  2. I would have it more often if it didn't take hours to make.

  3. Kare kare is one of those dishes that honestly, doesn't look like the most appetizing dishes BUT when people try it - they end up getting hooked! Thanks for sharing, your recipe looks delicious. What is sazon?

  4. I have not tried this but it looks very delicious. All those creamy sauce scooped over rice...mmmm. I would love to try. Thanks for sharing, Joy.

  5. @trissa - sazon is like anito seed but the mexican version.
    @marymoh - thanks, the sauce is the best part.