Saturday, July 26, 2014

Beef Pares Recipe

Beef  Pares is one of the favorite dish at the  side-street eateries in the Philippines.It is a  juicy tender stewed beef in sweet brown sauce. I used to cook it the Filipino way but the spices gives my husband a heart burn so I made it a little bit according to his taste and sensitive stomach. There are many ways to cook this dish just like the famous Adobo. Beef pares is serve paired with garlic fried rice and hot soup. Here is my version of Beef Pares recipe.

  • 2.2 lb/1 kilo beef brisket, cut into cube or bite size.
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp ginger powder
  • 3 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 medium-sized onion, minced
  • 4 cups water 
  • 1 piece beef cube
  • 1 pc. star anise
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil
  • 3 tbsp scallions or green onions, finely chopped 
  • 1 dried bay leaf (laurel)
  • 2 tbsp white wine (optional)
  • cooking oil for sauteing.
Additional ingredients:
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch dissolved in 1/2 cup cold water
  • brown sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a small pan, sauté  garlic, and onion.
  2. Add in beef , cook until brown. 
  3. Add in all the ingredients, mix well. Bring to a boil. 
  4. When boiling, turn down low fire. Cook for 1-2 hours or until the meat is tender, add water if needed.
  5. Add the cornstarch- water mixture to thicken the sauce.  Season with salt and pepper according to taste. Add more sugar if needed.


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