I like using their base (paste form) over their mix (powder form) because it adds more texture to the dish. It also gives a more natural look of cooking it traditionally. I remember my mom prefers using ground nuts and rice in her kare-kare to make the sauce thicker. Mama Sita's Kare-Kare Base has this grainy texture that's reminiscent of the ground rice and nuts.
Now, that I've made it official that we're having kare-kare for lunch, I realized that we don't have the veggies to go along with it!
Good thing we just live near the market (well, mall/market) to get the items that I need. For some reason, a meatless kare-kare is more acceptable to me that one that doesn't contain vegetables.
Running off to the market to get some eggplants and long beans (I know I'm missing another vegetable, but until now, it still escapes me) and back to the kitchen I went.
I just followed the instructions in the pack (except for the type and cut of meat that was indicated on there). Since, we had sukiyaki-cut pork, the whole thing just took a few minutes to cook. That's good news to my starving A.