Kare-Kare

Philippine Comfort Food
Legacy of the OIld Sultanates

To many Fillipinos, no major party or celebration is complete without Kare-Kare.

Cooking Asian dishes with fresh ginger

Ginger

Kare-Kare signifies a stew made with oxtails, vegetables and peanut gravy. Sometimes, the meat may include trip,e or also goat or chicken.  Frequently it is just oxtail, as in this recipe, from a Filipina friend.

Kare-Kare is now considered a national dish of the Philippines.  It has its origins in the South of the country, and is a heritage from the period before the arrival of the Spaniards.  It does, however, hail from the old Suntanates from around Sulo, so it probably has Malay or Southeast Asian origins. Continue reading

Malaysian Cuisine

Durian Cake and Zuberbuhler’s Special
Raffles, Maugham and Lord Jim Country

“At the end of the tenth century Canton carried on direct trade with the Malay Peninsula.” —Friedrich Hirt and W. W. Rockhill [1]

Tang Dynasty horse from the Silk Road

Tang Dynasty Camel
From the Silk Road, 8th Century

For centuries the Malay Peninsula has been an important corridor in the southern sea route of the Spice Route.

The Strait of Malacca was an important Continue reading