Home and Kitchen DiariesVideo

I discovered ‘instant’ kare-kare
with bagnet—my new alternative

Tired from Zoom meet and not in the mood to cook from scratch?

THE pandemic sure has changed the way we dine. I found joy in cooking and baking, and have made my own food from scratch: fresh pasta, pizza dough, sourdough bread. You name it, I’ll probably try to make it. The kitchen is probably the only place I’m not afraid to fail.

When a friend told me he was sending me kare-kare, I was surprised that the package came in vacuum-sealed prepared packets, ready to cook! I’ve heard of this concept of prepped ingredients, but it never crossed my mind to order one. Now I think this is my new alternative when I’m just not in the mood to make my own food. It’s like playing house, and the ingredients are already prepped. Imagine coming from a Zoom meeting that ended at noon, and in just 15 minutes you have kare-kare on the table.

The package from Sangkutsa Meal Kits came with vacuum-sealed packs of vegetables, pre-cooked ox tripe and bagnet, peanut sauce, and shrimp paste.

Bagnet kare-kare in four easy steps:

  1. Deep-fry bagnet (or use your air-fryer) until crispy.

  2. Boil water to blanch the vegetables.

  3. Reheat the sauce and add in the ox tripe.

  4. Transfer the sauce to a serving dish, add the vegetables, top with crispy bagnet.

Chefs use mise en place, a term for having all ingredients measured, cut, peeled, sliced, and ready, to assemble meals so quickly and effortlessly. This is what this meal kit is: an instant home-cooked meal! I didn’t think those two words would ever go together.  I truly enjoyed this. They change the menu weekly so I can try other dishes, and the recipes have been tested out for me.

What other prepped meal kits do you recommend?

@thekitchendiaristTry this bagnet kare-kare meal kit from www.sangkutsameals.com 👌 #filipinofood #fyp #thekitchendiarist #karekare #bagnet #mealprep #ecqeats♬ Chain of Fools – Aretha Franklin

Read more:

How I make pasta from scratch

I cheated making my sourdough bread

My obsession with homemade pizza… and food Tiktok!

How I found joy in baking — the beginning of my kitchen diaries

About author


Spanning two decades of a career in publishing, she began to see the lockdown as a priceless boon – for it has given her the leisure of unleashing her potential as an amateur baker, writer, and digital publisher.

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