ox tail peanut-based stew (filipino kare-kare)

  • ox tails
  • h20
  • salt and pepper
  • onion
  • garlic
  • fish sauce (thai preferrably)
  • tapioca flour
  • beef buillon cube
  • annato (atsuete) seeds
  • creamy peanut butter
  • bok choy
  • egg plant
  • shrimp paste (bagoong)

I boiled the ox tails (about 8 of them)in H20 (about 10 C) seasoned with s&p for approximately 3 hours to render them super tender. In a separate pan, I sauteed 1 medium onion(diced) and 2 cloves garlic(minced) with canola oil. Once cooked, I dumped the onion and garlic in the boiling ox tail broth (on medium-high heat). I added 1 T fish sauce and 1 beef buillon cube for additional flavoring. I dissolved 1 T tapioca flour (thickening agent) in 1 C of the hot broth and on the side, I immersed about 1 T of atsuete (annato) seeds in 1 C of the hot broth for 5 mins until the broth becomes red-ish, I strained the atsuete seeds from the "juice" and added it to the pot along with dissolved tapioca flour. And then I started with2 heaping tablespoonfuls of creamy peanut butter melted into the sauce (Jif or Skippy). I gave it a taste, added more peanut butter and adjusted the other seasonings to my liking. When the sauce was perfect & ready, I then put my vegetables of choice in the pot (bok choy and eggplant), covered it with lid and let it simmer for a few more mins. until the vegetables are par-cooked. Done!