Satisfy Your Kare-Kare(raving) with This Favorite Pinoy Classic Dish

Rafael Reynante
Rafael Reynante | May 05, 2015
Satisfy Your Kare-Kare(raving) with This Favorite Pinoy Classic Dish

The classic Pinoy comfort food, perfect for any situation, place or weather.


1 liter of water
cooking oil
250g chicken drumsticks and thigh
1 small to medium onion, chopped
1 small to medium whole garlic, crushed
1/2 bud banana heart
2 whole eggplant
1 bunch string beans or baguio beans
1 bunch bok choy or pechay
1 pack or 100g peanuts, crushed
1 pack or 20g rice flour
1/4 cup of peanut butter
1/2 cup annatto (atsuete seeds) dissolved in water
salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a large pot, bring water to boil, then add chicken and onions and cook on medium flame until very tender (30-45 minutes)
  2. When cooked, add coloring (water from atsuete), crushed peanuts, and peanut butter. Cook for another 5 minutes. Add rice flour to thicken sauce. Continue cooking until water has evaporated and you are left with a very thick and consistent sauce.
  3. In a separate pan, sauté garlic in oil. add banana heart, eggplant, and beans until soft and cooked through, being careful not to burn the eggplant or to crush the banana heart.
  4. Add cooked vegetables to Kare-kare and top with bok choy/pechay. Serve with hot rice and bagoong!

Serves 4

Picture from Iago's Grill's Kare-kare

You can substitute chicken with beef tripe, tail or tongue, as well as beef slices or cubes. Because beef cooks longer than chicken, it is highly suggested to use a pressure cooker!

Liked our recipe, but don’t have enough time to cook it yourself? Don’t worry! Iago’s Grill beside Lugawan Republic along Aguirre Street, BF Homes Parañaque, serves Pinoy-style Kare-kare that is the most beautiful and colorful thing you’ve seen this week. Apart from Pinoy comfort food, they also have a function room for your events and parties. And if you live in the area, they deliver via 706-1000. 

Add to your: Wishlist Done That

Be a Pinoy Wanderer!

Choose Philippines encourages writers, photographers, travelers, bloggers, videographers and everyone with a heart for the Philippines to share their discoveries and travel stories.

Share Your Journey

Other Stories by Rafael Reynante

Tell Us What You Think