rice cake confessional

adventures in eating

another weekend at mom’s

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Kare-kare is a family favorite. It’s a traditional oxtail stew with green beans, cabbage, eggplant, and bok choy in a peanut sauce. Perfectly stewed so that the oxtail is coming off the bone and complimented with a side of bagoong (fermented shrimp paste). Of course, you can speed this up with the use of a pressure cooker.

Back in the “olden days” kare-kare was prepared using roasted peanuts and rice ground in a mortar and pestle. I grew up on a doctored version of the kare-kare powder mix, achuete, and peanut butter (smooth not crunchy), so the texture of the ground bits of peanut and rice don’t suit me. I’m not even going to attempt to post a recipe. This is one of those things that my mom cooks by muscle memory. Seriously, you don’t get more Filipino than this.

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Written by joann

June 9, 2007 at 10:27 am

Posted in filipino, mom's kitchen

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