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Kare Kare: Easy and Delicious

Kare kare is a popular recipe in the Philippines.  It is always a part of the menu in most restaurants serving Filipino dishes.
Kare kare is usually made out of stewed oxtail and tripe in rich, creamy and thick peanut butter sauce mixed with vegetables such as green long beans, eggplant and bok choy or pechay.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Filipino
Keyword: Kare Kare, Pork Kare Kare, Filipino Recipe, Kare-Kare Recipe, Mom Food Blog
Servings: 4 people
Cost: $6


  • Cooking Pot


  • 750 grams Pork belly cut into cubes, about 1 inch size
  • 1/2 cup Peanut butter sauce savory or unflavored
  • 1 pc Eggplant sliced
  • 3-5 leaves Bok choy or pechay
  • 3-5 pcs Long green beans cut into 2-inch long
  • 1 tbsp Annato or asuete powder this is for food coloring
  • 1 medium-sized Onion chopped
  • 3 cloves Garlic minced
  • 1 tsp Ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 tbsp Corn flour
  • 4 cups Water
  • 2 tbsp Cooking oil


  • Boil the pork until halfway done and set it aside. Discard the water.
  • In the same cooking pot, boil the eggplant and green beans until done and set aside. In the same pot, blanch the bok choy or pechay by dipping it in the hot water for just 10 seconds. Set it aside.
  • In a pan, saute onions and garlic until aromatic and translucent and add the pork over medium heat. Saute for 2 minutes.
  • Add water, peanut butter sauce and annato powder. Stir, mix well and simmer for 10 minutes or until pork is done over low-medium heat.
  • Add salt and ground black pepper. Mix it well.
  • Mix corn flour with 1/2 cup water and add it to the pot. Mix it well.
  • Add the eggplant, green beans and bok choy and simmer for 10 seconds. Remove from heat and transfer to a serving bowl and serve.
  • It is best served with rice and shrimp paste.