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How to cook Beef Kare kare
Having family reunions can sometimes be quite stressful. As fun as it is to see our relatives, having family reunions means that I have to think of what food I can share with everyone. A dish I realized that everyone will love that I can also easily make is Beef Kare Kare.
This dish has quite an interesting history. There are many debates as to what its origins are but the one I came across on is that this was made by Indian soldiers who settled in the Philippines. They had a similar dish back home but could not find the exact ingredients to make it, so instead they chose to use similar ingredients to make it.
This dish has a lot of ingredients and each ingredient it has brings a benefit that your body would appreciate. I’m going to list down a few of them. Its sauce is made from roasted peanuts. Roasted peanuts contain high levels of Magnesium which can regulate blood pressure. Bok Choy has anti-cancer and anti-anemia components. Beef chunks is a good source for protein for muscle building.
Consuming Eggplant is good for those who are prone or who have diabetes. Vitamin K is found in green beans which is for strengthening our bones. Vitamin K can also prevent digestive problems like constipation and hemorrhoids.
When I learned about all the benefits of Beef Kare Kare Recipe I got excited, even more so when I remembered how easy its recipe easy. Basically, all you need to do is put the ingredients in a pot one by one and just wait.
Beef Kare Kare Ingredients and Cooking Procedure:
Beef Kare kare Recipe
Traditionally, any Filipino fiesta particularly in the province of Pampanga is not complete without the kare-kare dish.
- 1/2 kilo beef shank
- 1 bundle of pechay or bok choy
- 1 bundle of string beans cut into 2 inch slices
- 2 pcs eggplants sliced
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1/2 cup shrimp paste bagoong
- 1 Liter of water
- 1/2 cup annatto seeds soaked in a cup of water
- 1 tbsp garlic minced
- 1 large onion chopped
- salt and pepper to taste
- In a large pot, add water and beef shank then boil for 3 hours or until tender (35 minutes if using a pressure cooker)
- Once the meat is tender, add the peanut butter, and coloring (water from the annatto seed mixture) and simmer for 5 to 7 minutes
- On a separate pan, saute the garlic then add the eggplant, and string beans and cook for 3 minutes
- Transfer the cooked vegetables to the large pot (where the rest of the ingredients are)
- Add the Pechay or bok choy simmer for 2 minutes
- Add salt and pepper to taste
- Serve hot with shrimp paste.
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Traditionally, any Filipino fiesta particularly in the province of Pampanga is not complete without Beef Kare kare Recipe.