We've deliberated over the many entries to our Cookware.com contest: there's just a boatload of you folks that are in desperate need of new Le Creuset gear!  Thanks to everyone that entered - there was alot of great (and entertaining) entries!

Congrats to Mariz, who had this awesome quasi-recipe for Kare Kare:
I'd like to share this wonderful Filipino dish with you called Kare-Kare. It's a stew with braised oxtail, mixed vegetables like okra, eggplant, long green beans and bok choy, slow cooked in a super mild peanut butter based sauce. It looks like a lahksa but with a richer, creamier broth. It's traditionally eaten with an equally huge helping of rice and lots of shrimp paste--it's amazing!

I'll share with you guys how my mom makes it. Since I moved out of their place a couple of years ago my mom makes this on the last Sunday of every month when she knows my sister and I will come over for a visit. I'd love to be able to make this dish for her, but am obviously lacking the tools!

She makes everything in this metal vat that she brought over from the Philippines. She slow cooks the oxtail to reduce some of the fat, with onions and tomatoes. Then, she sets the meat aside and starts on the sauce, which is basically the broth of the oxtail, mixed in with a Mama Sita brand mix (mostly for colour) and adds a bunch of aromatics and 2 ladles of Kraft smooth peanut butter. After mixing it up, she puts the oxtail back and slow cooks it for a few hours until the meat is melting off the bones. Yum. She throws in the vegetables and puts the lid on, just until the vegetables are tender.

The contrast of the salty shrimp paste with the smooth creaminess of the broth is amazing! Best eaten with a hungry family.

Many thanks to Cookware.com.

The Slop.


Crispy Lechon said... @ August 25, 2010 at 3:31 PM


What a great story. She deserves to win. Congrats.

mitzerella said... @ August 25, 2010 at 7:00 PM

mmmm kare-kare, bagoong, and rice...sarap!!

Vinh Ng said... @ August 25, 2010 at 7:51 PM

is this a flipino blog

Anonymous said... @ August 25, 2010 at 11:28 PM

Sore loser

Joe said... @ August 26, 2010 at 12:39 PM


In response to your question, no - this isn't a Filipino blog (I'm correcting your spelling mistake here) - but maybe it should be: that kare kare sounds pretty tasty.

That's assuming your question was straight-up and earnest. I'll give you the benefit of the doubt because we have no idea who the heck you are. Don't make me a fool for doing so.

Vinh Ng said... @ August 30, 2010 at 4:12 PM

if you want know who i am google me man

i love peanot buter stews

Joe said... @ August 31, 2010 at 7:04 AM

Thanks Vinh. It's unlikely that I'll google you, but good luck on the peanut butter stews.

Here's a link that might be of interest: http://www.onelook.com/

Anonymous said... @ September 1, 2010 at 5:17 PM

I googled you, and you came up on the second page of results. Nice website, I didn't think it was possible but your site both sucks and blows at the same time.

I remain anonymous so you can't google me. Staying underground is where its at.

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