Beef Pares Recipe

It's a mix of savory flavors!

Beef pares is a braised beef dish that consists of different tastes and savory flavors. A mixture of soy sauce, water, sugar, and other spices were mixed together in order to give the beef a flavorful sauce. Simmering tenderizes the beef. It also thickens the sauce and extracts the flavors of the beef at the same time.

Beef Pares Recipe

Alexandra Garcia, Reader Recipe
It's a mix of savory flavors!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Course Main Dishes
Cuisine Asian, Filipino
Servings 3


Beef Pares Ingredients

  • 500 Grams Beef cut into strips
  • 2 cups water
  • 5 cloves Garlic crushed
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 2 pieces thumb-sized ginger minced
  • 3 tablespoons Soy Sauce
  • 1/4 Cup brown sugar
  • 3 pieces star anise
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon Butter
  • toasted fried garlic Optional


  • Season the beef with salt and pepper.
  • In a pan over medium heat, put one tablespoon of cooking oil.
  • Saute garlic, onions and ginger. (These aromatics bring in the savory flavor and aroma to our dish.) 
  • Add the beef and continue to saute until it turns brown.
  • Pour in water and add the star anise.
  • Simmer for at least 30 minutes on low heat or until the meat becomes tender.
  • Add the soy sauce and sugar, bring it to a boil, then add the cornstarch (dissolved in water).
  • Cook for about 10 minutes until the sauce thickens.
  • Add the butter to enhance the flavor. Garnish with fried toasted garlic. Serve.
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