After a long day, nothing beats the aroma of a homemade meal and what more if the source of said aroma is eaten.  That is what exactly what Beef Pares does to one’s senses. With the mixture of ginger, pares sauce and beef stock is enough to calm down one’s nerves after a busy day.

Usually sold in “Pares” restaurants and the nearby carinderia, this Beef Pares recipe is made of any part of beef, but mainly brisket, soy sauce, sugar, heaps of garlic, lemon juice and cornstarch (optional, as in many carinderias, the pares more on the thinner side) for its body.  The sweet sauce of Beef Pares is also part of its great taste. The dish is then partnered with garlic fried rice and beef broth, which is the reason why the dish is called “pares.”

Beef Pares preparation and tips

This Beef Pares recipe, though having simple ingredients, is a slow cooker, in that you need to cook the beef for a longer period. With this in mind, you can either let the meat simmer for 2 hours or use a pressure cooker to cut the time to 30 minutes. It is highly recommended that you use the pressure cooker so as this recipe is supposed to be easy to whip up. The soup on the other hand is easy to prepare since you are just going to use beef broth.

Again, there are variations to this Pares recipe as one can use steamed rice instead of garlic fried rice, serving this as breakfast instead of dinner, then adding the optional cornstarch for more thickness. The chopped green onions can be added as garnish or can be included in the mix while cooking. Also, since you already have a beef broth on the side, you can choose to make the dish with less broth.

How to Make Beef Pares
 
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Serves: 5
Ingredients
  • 2-3 lbs beef brisket, diced in 1-inch cubes
  • 1 onion diced
  • 5-6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tbsp ginger, minced finely
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup oyster sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 6-8 cup beef broth
  • 4 pieces star anise
  • 4 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup roasted garlic
  • 5-6 green onions, diced
  • salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. In a deep pot, heat the oil over medium heat and add the ginger, garlic and onions. Season with salt and pepper and saute until softened for about 2 minutes.
  2. Add the beef and season with salt and pepper. Cook until slightly browned before adding the soy sauce and oyster sauce. Stir and mix and cook for another 2-3 minutes.
  3. Add the broth and bring the pot to a boil. Once boiling, add the sugar and star anise and lower the heat to medium low. Simmer for about 2 hours until the beef is very tender. Keep adding water if necessary.
  4. If using a pressure cooker, cook for about 30-40 minutes and check if the beef is tender. Add more water if necessary.
  5. Check for flavor and serve hot with a sprinkling of roasted garlic and diced green onions.
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