One of the most favorite and most anticipated dishes during Filipino fiestas and family occasions is probably none other than Kare-Kare. This famous Filipino viand, which usually consists of beef, oxtail, peanut sauce, and vegetables like eggplant, pechay, banana heart, and green beans, is best partnered with shrimp paste or bagoong.
Many people think that this dish originated in Pampanga, which is also known as the Culinary Capital of the Philippines, but it has also been suggested that Kare-Kare was indeed a regal dish of the Moro elites before Spaniards invaded our land.
By tracing its past, Moros are the indigenous ancient race that was believed as the Filipinos’ ancestors. They were described as the Arab traders from the 13th to 14th century who decided to settle in the archipelago and establish their own kingdom.
On the other hand, some believed that the word “Kare-Kare” came from the Indian word “curry”. It was also then believed that it was introduced by Indians who arrived in the archipelago several centuries ago. The other version of the story entails that the Japanese people were the ones who brought the recipe of Kare-Kare to the Philippines.
Puzzled? Unlike the Pork Sisig, it is very apparent that the origin of this dish is really mysterious and there is still no verified and validated information on how it was really cooked for the first time as well as who, where, and when it originated.
Nevertheless, the oddly soothing taste of the luscious ingredients of this dish seems to take over and wipe out its mysterious past as its flavorful offering mingles with your taste buds. Moreover, its glorious past was just indeed a proof of how diverse our culture is.
And if you want to taste a mouthful of this famous Filipino authentic dish then come and visit APU Restaurant at the Entertainment City of Manila, City of Dreams. Pick between our Seafood or Beef Kare-Kare and enjoy it with your family or friends! We’re open from 10 am to 12 midnight! See you there!
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