Kare-Kare


Kare-Kare

Kare-Kare is a stew of meat and vegetables in a peanut-based sauce. Traditionally the meat used is beef, tripe, and oxtail although versions using seafood have become popular relatively recently. Ground toasted rice has been used customarily to thicken the sauce and add depth and smokiness. Annatto seeds (atsuete) are often used for color. Shrimp paste (bagoong) is a common accompaniment to the dish; its saltiness gives a sharp contrast to the rich peanut sauce resulting from the breakdown of fat and collagen in the meat. There are various theories as to the origins of the stew and whether or not it is closely related to curry. Speculation of an Indian influence include the impact of trade routes and alternatively the settlement of sepoys during the time of the British Occupation of Manila during the Seven Years' War in the 18th century as possible explanations.

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