Tito Greg’s Kare-Kare

Romulo Cafe at The Maya Kitchen

Tito Greg’s Kare-Kare

Course Main Dish
Cuisine Filipino
Servings 3 people


  • 750 grams ox tail
  • 80 grams White onions
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon whole black peppercorns
  • 30 grams glutinous rice,
  • 100 grams dry, roasted peanuts
  • 150 grams eggplant
  • 150 grams string beans
  • 30 grams annatto oil
  • 10 grams garlic
  • 50 grams shrimp paste
  • salt, to taste
  • 150 grams banana blossom


  1. Wash ox tail very well. Place in a pot with enough water to cover. Boil for 10 minutes and discard the water. Refill the pot with water.
  2. Peel and cut the white onions into quarters. Add to the pot along with salt and peppercorns. Bring everything to a boil and immediately reduce heat to simmering temperature (82°C/180°F). Cover and cook for 90 minutes or until the ox tail is tender.
  3. Cool in the cooking liquid, cover and refrigerate to bring the fat to the surface.
  4. Bring out the ox tail from the cooking liquid and reserve the broth.
  5. Toast the glutinous rice in a skillet until golden brown.
  6. Once cooled, pulse the glutinous rice in a food processor. Do the same with the roasted peanuts until the peanuts become creamy.
  7. Slice the eggplants lengthwise, leaving the stems intact. Cut the string beans into 5-cm long pieces.
  8. In another pot, heat the annatto oil over medium heat. Sauté the garlic together with the shrimp paste. Add the ox tail and sauté for a few minutes before adding 4 cups of reserved broth.
  9. Lower the flame and simmer until the broth has been reduced by half. Add the toasted ground rice and stir continuously until thick and creamy. Add the peanut paste and keep stirring. Turn off heat but keep the pot covered.
  10. In a separate pot, boil the remaining water and add salt. Add the string beans and cook but should still be firm and green. Add the banana blossom and eggplant and boil until cooked.

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