Filipino Beef Kare Kare | Stewed Beef in Peanutbutter Sauce
A unique savory beef stew with peanut butter sauce.
Images of the sautéed shrimp paste (bagoong), banana blossom flower and ‘astuete’ seeds are included in the Recipe Introduction.
- 350 gms beef, shank cubes or oxtail
- 1 cup long beans, cut int 3 inch pieces
- 2 cups eggplant, cut into elongated slices
- 1 1/2 cups bok choy
- 3 Tbsp banana blossom flower ( I used dried/preserved flowers)
- 3 Tbsp creamy peanut butter
- 2 Tbsp 'Bagoong' - sauteed shrimp paste
- 3 tsp minced garlic
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1/2 tsp freshly cracked black pepper
- 6 Tbsp oil, divided
- 1 can soda water
- 2 Tbsp coarsely ground peanuts - optional
- Rinse the beef. Soak in soda water while you prepare all other ingredients.
- Heat 3 Tbsp oil in a pressure cooker. Add the pepper and 1 tsp of the garlic.
- When the garlic is sautéed, add the beef and fry for a couple of minutes, till the beef has changed color.
- Add about 2 cups of water and pressure cook for about 8 steam whistles , till the beef is tender.
- Heat 2 Tbsp of oil, in a wok and add 1 tsp of the garlic. Add the long beans, bok choy, and eggplant and stir fry till the vegetables are JUST tender on HIGH heat. About a minute should do.
- Remove the vegetables to a plate and add the remaining oil to the wok.
- When the oil is very hot, add the astuete seeds and fry till the color of the oil becomes red and you smell a peppery aroma.
- Remove the seeds from the oil and discard. To the colored oil, add the remaining garlic along with the onion and banana blossom flower. Sauté till light golden in color.
- Now add the bagoong (sautéed shrimp paste), and stir fry till the oil separates. About 30 seconds.
- Then add the peanut butter and coarsely ground peanuts(if using). Stir and cook till the sauce becomes creamy and bubbles.
- Now remove the cooked beef from the broth and toss in the sauce. Add just enough broth to get a nice thick and creamy consistency.
- Taste and add a little salt ( only if needed- the shrimp paste is salty).
- Add the sautéed vegetables and heat through.
- Serve hot with rice or over noodles!
Filipino Beef Kare Kare
Key Ingredients: Beef, Peanut Butter, Bagoong(sautéed shrimp paste), Atsuete, Banana Blossom Flower, Long Beans, Eggplant, Bok Choy, Oil, Garlic, Onion, Pepper.
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