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Beef Pares

Recipe by Connie Veneracion
Pares, literally “pair”, means a combination of rice and protein, usually very tender stewed beef. Brisket, short ribs, flank or shanks are ideal for making beef pares.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs 30 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 40 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Filipino
Servings 4 people



Sweet-salty sauce


Cook the beef / make the broth

  • Rinse the beef and wipe dry with a kitchen towel.
  • Heat a thick-bottomed pan and coat the the bottom with a tablespoon of cooking oil.
  • Brown the beef on all sides.
    Browning beef in oil
  • Pour in eight cups of water.
  • Add the onion, garlic, peppercorns, ginger, bay leaves and two tablespoons fish sauce.
    Making broth with browned beef short ribs
  • Bring to the boil, cover the pan and simmer for about two hours or until the beef easily separates from the bones.
  • Scoop out the beef and set aside.
  • Strain the broth.
  • Reserve two cups of broth, pour the remaining broth into a clean pan and set over low heat. Taste and add more fish sauce, if needed. Keep the broth hot.

Make the sweet-salty sauce

  • Pour the reserved broth into a pan.
  • Add the soy sauce, sugar, ginger, garlic and star anise.
    Making sauce for beef pares
  • Add the beef to the sauce and simmer, turning the beef over occasionally, for about 15 minutes.
  • Mix the starch with two tablespoons of water and a teaspoon of soy sauce.
    Thickening beef pares sauce with starch
  • Pour the starch solution into the pan with the beef, and stir until thickened and no longer cloudy.
  • Taste the sauce and add more soy sauce, sugar or both, depending on what your taste buds dictate.

Assemble your beef pares

  • Ladle cooked rice on plates or shallow bowls.
  • Arrange pieces of beef on top of the rice.
  • Drizzle sauce over the beef.
  • Garnish with fried garlic, fried shallots, scallions and cilantro.
  • Serve your beef pares with hot broth on the side.
Keyword Beef, Stew