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Pata Kare-Kare (Pork Hocks in Rich Peanut Sauce)

Pata Kare-Kare (Pork Hocks in Rich Peanut Sauce)
25 mins
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Author: Pam from PinoyBites


For the Pata:

  • 6 Pata Pork Hock slices ( about 3 lbs, 1 - 1 ½ inch thick)
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon whole peppercorns
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 onion halved
  • Water enough to cover the meat by at least 1 inch... 8-10 cups

*Place all the above ingredients in a large pot. Bring to a boil and simmer until the meat is tender. Transfer the meat to a plate and strain the liquid and discard aromatics. You’ll need 4 ¼ cups of broth for the Kare-Kare (reserve 4 cups for the stew and ¼ for the annatto powder).

    To make the stew:

    • 3 tablespoons cooking oil
    • 1 small onion finely chopped
    • 4 garlic cloves finely chopped
    • 1 tablespoon regular shrimp paste
    • 2 teaspoons annatto powder atsuete
    • ¼ cup of the reserved pork broth mix with annatto powder
    • 4 cups reserved pork broth
    • 1 cup smooth peanut butter * (see notes)
    • 2 tablespoons rice flour toasted ** (see notes)
    • ½ lb string beans cut in half
    • ½ lb bok choy separated into individual stalks
    • 1 Asian eggplant sliced diagonally into ½ inch slices
    • Sauteed shrimp paste to serve alongside Kare Kare

    Here's How:

    • Heat oil in a large pot and add the onions. Stir until translucent. Add garlic and the precooked pata (pork hocks). Saute for a minute before adding the shrimp paste.
    • In a small bowl, mix the annatto powder with ¼ cup of reserved broth. Pour over the pata together with the remaining 4 cups of broth.
    • Cover and bring to a boil then add peanut butter. Lower the heat and stir in toasted rice flour. Mix well and simmer for 3 minutes (low heat). Taste and sprinkle 1- 2 teaspoons sugar (only if using unsweetened peanut butter).
    • Stir in the vegetables, beginning with the ones that take longer to cook. Eggplants and string beans first then after 2 minutes add the bok choy. Cover for another minute. Done!
    • Serve with more sauteed shrimp paste on the side.


    *If using natural peanut butter (without any additives), you’ll need to add a teaspoon or two of sugar.
    **How to toast rice flour : Place the rice flour in a dry pan (no oil) and cook on medium heat for a few minutes or until it’s lightly browned.