Recipe courtesy of Be More Pacific

Kare Kare

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 5 hr 45 min
  • Active: 55 min
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings



Kare Kare Sauce:

Bagoong Alamang:


  1. For the brisket: Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.
  2. Stir together 1 tablespoon salt and 1 tablespoon pepper in a bowl. Sprinkle the brisket with the salt and pepper mix. Place the brisket fat-side up in a pan lined with a baking rack and add 1 1/2 cups water. Cover the pan with foil and bake until the fat has rendered, 3 to 4 hours. Dice into 1-inch cubes and set aside. Reserve brisket juices.
  3. For the kare kare sauce: Heat up a medium saucepot; add 1 tablespoon oil. Sautee the onions and garlic until golden brown, about 3 minutes. Add the peanut butter, granulated sugar, salt and 7 cups water. Mix well and bring up to a boil. Meanwhile, heat up 3 cups brisket drippings and the annatto seeds in another pot and simmer until the brisket drippings achieve a nice red/brownish color, about 5 minutes. Strain the brisket drippings into the peanut butter mixture. Simmer until the sauce coats the back of a spoon, about 30 minutes.
  4. For the bagoong alamang: Heat up a medium saute pan; add oil. Saute the garlic, tomatoes and onions until the tomatoes have cooked down, about 6 minutes. Strain the salted shrimp to get out most of the liquid out, then add to the pan. Add the brown sugar and cook until a pastelike consistency is formed, another 5 minutes.
  5. Boil the bok choy, eggplant and green beans separately in boiling water until cooked through, then drain and set aside.
  6. Add about 10 ounces kare kare sauce to a flat bowl. Add about 4 to 5 pieces each of the bok choy, eggplant and long beans. Place the diced brisket on top and garnish with peanuts, a sprig of cilantro and a side of bagoong alamang. Serve with a side of jasmine rice. Repeat to make 3 to 5 more servings.

Cook’s Note

Make sure the brisket is properly cooked. You do not want chewy brisket! When eating the final product, take a little of the brisket, sauce and veggies and put a dab of the bagoong alamang on top. The bagoong alamang acts as a flavored salt to take the flavors to another level. A little will go a long way.

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