If you haven't eaten in a street side carinderia or Goodah, you probably wouldn't know what a Beef pares is. "Pares" be definition, means "pairs" in Tagalog. I have no idea why this dish got its name because when I ordered it the first time, there was no other dish with it except the lone "pares" with rice and some clear soup. Maybe it's best paired with rice, duh!
Anyway, hubby likes this dish and I've made it several times in the past. This is a very easy recipe:
1/2 kilo Beef Ribs
1 Star Anise
2 Bay Leaves
1 to 2 tablespoons Soy Sauce
1 to 2 Tablespoons Sugar
1. Boil Beef with star anise and bay leaves until tender about one hour on a pressure cooker, longer in a stovetop.
2. Separate beef from broth and set aside. Discard bay leaves and star anise.
3. In a separate pan, saute onion and garlic. Add the stock and some soy sauce and sugar. Mix well.
4. Add the beef and simmer for a few minutes. Add cornstarch dissolved in a little bit of water to thicken.
I pared it with some baby corn sauteed in garlic and oyster sauce which wasn't a very good combination with the Beef Pares.
I guess, the Beef Pares really does go well with just rice and some clear soup :-)