Thursday, April 22, 2010

How to cook Kare-Kare | Karekare Pork Pata Recipe

I thought cooking Kare-kare is difficult, but to my surprised "madali lang pala sya". You just need to know what to do and what are the ingredients needed for you to start with.

By the way, for those who does not know what Kare-kare is, it is a classic Filipino food. Wikipedia describe it as a Philippine stew. A combination of vegetables, stewed meat in a thick sauce made from peanut. Karekare is not complete without shrimp paste (bagoong).

If you are going to search the internet, there are different ways on how to cook kare-kare and different meat variations. I will share to you my way of cooking it and I will be using pork pata instead of ox tail and ox tripe. So let's start.

Not the original image, credits to the owner

Kare-kare Ingredients:

1 1/2 Kilo pork pata
3 medium size eggplant, cut into cubes
1 bundle of string beans (sitaw) cut
1 medium size of banana bud, quarter cut
4-5 pieces head of pechay
1 sachet of Mama Sita Kare-kare peanut sauce mix, dissolve in 1 cup water
3 table spoon Lady's Choice Creamy Peanut Butter
2 large onions, chopped
4 head garlic, chopped
1 pork cube
2 cups water
cooking oil
sauted shrimp paste


1. Let's start with the veggies, make sure to wash your vegetables before cooking. Put a little amount of cooking oil in a pan. Fry eggplant until it turned brown both sides. Set aside.

2. Wash pork leg properly then put it in a large pan. Put half of the onions and half of the garlic. Sprinkle a little salt enough to give the pork some taste. Cover pan and DON'T put water. Cook for about 5 minutes or until pork is cooked with its own juice.

3. Put 1 cup of water and bring to a boil. Add water if necessary. Add pork cube and simmer for about 10 minutes or until pork is tender. Separate pork from broth. Remove all scum that was formed out from the broth. Set aside.

4. Saute garlic and onion. Add string beans, banana bud, and pechay. Cook for 2 minutes then add in pork leg. Stir cook for another 2 minutes. Pour in pork broth and let it simmer for 3 minutes. Add kare-kare mix solution and 3 table spoon of creamy peanut butter. Let it simmer for 5 minutes. Add fried eggplant and cook for about 2 minutes or until vegetable are cooked.

5. Serve with sauteed shrimp paste.

Enjoy your kare-kare!!! =)


Tanya Regala said...


Your kare kare looks really delicious!

I'm collecting a list of the best kare kare recipes in my blog, and I included your kare kare recipe (just a link though, hope you don't mind). You can see it at

Keep in touch!

lee said...

hi! i like kare-kare. my mother cooks delicious kare-kare, it's the family's favorite...
you've got a nice blog!