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Vegetarian Kare-Kare

The Philippine meat and peanut sauce stew recipe, kare-kare (or kari-kari), usually has ox tripe or pork legs as the main ingredient. However, this vegetarian kare-kare only uses the vegetables and omits the meat.


Vegan Kare-Kare2 blocks firm tofu or any mock meat, fried and quartered (optional)
1 cup shiitake or mixed mushrooms
2 eggplant, quartered
1 cup spinach (optional)
1 cup string beans or green beans, cut into 1-½ inch long
1 bunch pechay (or chinese cabbage)
1 banana bud or bamboo shoots, chopped
2-5 cloves garlic, crushed and roughly chopped
1 onion, finely chopped
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
½ cup ground peanuts or ½ cup peanut butter dissolve in 1 cup of hot water (add more if nedded)
3-5 Tbsp oil
¼ cup or less uncooked rice
Salt to taste
Soy sauce as desired

Vegan Bagoong Alamang:
1 small carrot, finely grated or kangkong (water spinach), finely minced
5 Tbsp black salted Tausi beans (fermented black beans)
2 - 5 cloves garlic, crushed and roughly chopped
1 onion, finely chopped
1 tomato, chopped
3 red chilies, sliced
1 block silken tofu, crumbled
2 Tbsp brown sugar

Cooking Instructions

  • To roast the rice; Heat the pan on a medium/medium high heat. Once it is hot enough, pour the rice. Important to keep the rice moving so that won't burn. When the rice turned brown, set aside.
  • Sauté garlic, onions and tomatoes. Add salt and soy sauce. Add roasted rice, cook for approximately 5 minutes.
  • Add the mushrooms, banana bud, string beans and then the pechay, eggplant and tofu.
  • When the vegetables are slightly cooked, add the ground peanuts or peanut butter. Bring to a boil. Don't overcook. Salt to taste.
  • Add spinach. Stir.
  • For Vegan Bagoong Alamang:
  • Mash the black Tausi beans. Set aside.
  • Sauté garlic, onion and tomato. Add the mashed black tausi beans.
  • Add the carrots and crumbled tofu in the pan. Mix thoroughly. Season with sugar.
  • Garnish with ground ground peanuts.
  • Serve with steam rice, vegan bagoong alamang (vegan sauteed salted shrimp paste) and chilli and calamansi juice (lime or lemon juice).
Serves 2 people

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