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Kaua‘i's Favorite Recipes


Type of Cuisine: Filipino
Provided By: Azalea & Arcel Butac
Category: Entree
From: Hanamaʻulu

Kare-Kare is a popular stew served in every region of the Philippines. It is a favorite for celebrations like feast days, birthdays, and weddings. No celebration is complete without Kare-Kare. This dish is a family favorite. So from my great-grandpa to my grandpa, to my uncles, aunties, cousins, and my siblings -- we all know how to cook Kare-Kare.


2 poundsoxtail
1Knorr beef cube
1 bunchbok choy
1 mediumeggplant, sliced
1 mediumyellow onion, chopped
3/4 cuppeanut butter
3/4 cupanatto water with soaked anatto seeds
3 tbspcooking oil
6 cupswater
5 piecesbeans cut into pieces
2 tbspbagoong alamang


  1. Heat oil in a cooking pot
  2. Sauté onions
  3. Once the onions becomes soft, sauté the oxtail until light brown
  4. Pour water into the pot and let it boil
  5. Add Knorr beef cube and stir. Cover and cook between low to medium heat until the oxtail is tender. Note: this will take about 2 to 2 ½ hours for conventional cooking. It will take 30 to 40 minutes if a pressure cooker is used.
  6. Add peanut butter and stir
  7. Add annatto water and cook for 3 minutes
  8. Cook the eggplant, beans, and bok choy in a separate pot with boiling water and set aside
  9. Transfer the Kare-Kare to a serving dish and add the vegetables. Serve with bagoong alamang --sauteed shrimp fry.
  10. Enjoy!

Recipe submitted by Azalea Butac and Arcel Rarangol