Posts Tagged ‘kare kare’
We meant to go to Bonifacio for our annual Pasko Lunch (Christmas lunch for us Filipino kids) but the darn thing is closed on Mondays so we ended up at 7,107 again. These pictures are from when Tine from MV came to visit. To lure you into the post, I’m gonna start with crispy pata.
The Filipino’s gift to the universe.
Cholesterol? What cholesterol.
If you haven’t figured it out yet Pasko is Filipino for Christmas. There’s a lot of Filipino in this post. You might want to have Google Translate on standby.
It’s become a tradition to have Pasko Lunch every year at work. It’s the one time of the year where all of the Filipino kids get together and share a meal. For some reason, we’re terrible at getting together otherwise. Still, when we do meet up it’s a big gorge-fest of all of the Christmas treats that Goldilocks on Rengstorff has to offer. Inevitably, we are all supremely full and sleepy after Pasko Lunch.
No Goldilocks for me this year. I had Pasko Lunch Singapore style. Ang saya, diba?
There is a Max’s Restaurant in San Francisco but if you ask anybody who is anybody they will tell you that it’s not as good as the original restos in the Philippines. This particular meal came after a mondo shopping expedition to the Mall of Asia in Pasay. Built on reclaimed land, it is the sixth largest mall in the world. Even for the seasoned shopper like myself, it was a bit overwhelming. Anywho, back to the food.
We ordered one of the family meals that is enough for 10 people and costs about P3,000. That’s roughly USD 66 depending on the exchange rate. Not bad at all if you are feeding 10 people. Here’s what you get:
“That’s what the Philippines tastes like.”
I actually said that at lunch today with Steph, Jay, and Julia. Jay requested good filipino food. Notice the stress on the word good. With the shocking number of Filipino people in the Bay Area it’s weird how hard it is to find really great Filipino food. You know, the kind that you want to bring your non-Filipino friends to. I had been eyeing (via Yelp) Patio Filipino for awhile but wanted to get a small group to try it out before bringing over pickier eaters. As you can probably tell, it did not disappoint. Unlike most other Filipino restaurants, Patio Filipino is a REAL restaurant not a cafeteria style joint. There will be no pointing at long-ago cooked dishes sitting in steam heaters.
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.