Pork Pares Recipe

Make an easy meat swap!

Beef pares is delicious but if you want to make it into an easier-to-cook ulam for your daily meals, switching meats is a genius idea. 

We used pork instead of traditional beef, and the result is a similarly delicious pairing for rice. The meat swap in this easy pork pares recipe is an easy way to make this into a more affordable meal to enjoy every day.

Photo by Roselle Miranda


Pork Pares Recipe

Roselle Miranda
Make an easy meat swap!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Resting Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Main Dishes
Cuisine Filipino
Servings 6


Pork Pares Ingredients

  • 1 head Garlic peeled, chopped
  • 1 meduim red onion peeled, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons ginger peeled, chopped
  • 1 kilogram pork menudo cut
  • 1/4 Cup brown sugar
  • 2 pieces star anise or to taste
  • 1 piece pork bouillon cube or granules
  • 1/4 Cup Soy Sauce
  • 3 cups water
  • cooking oil as needed
  • green onions Chopped, for garnish


  • In a medium pot over medium heat, heat just enough oil to cover the bottom of the pot. Add garlic and cook until toasted. Strain and remove toasted garlic, leaving the oil in the pot. Reserve toasted garlic, and set aside.
  • In the pot with the remaining oil, add onions and ginger, and sauté just until onions are softened and ginger is aromatic.
  • Add pork. Let sear. Add brown sugar, star anise, pork bouillon, soy sauce, and water. Add about 1 tablespoon toasted garlic. Bring to a boil, lower heat to a simmer, and then remove any scum that rises to the top.
  • Cover, and simmer for at least 30 minutes. Remove the lid then simmer another 10 minutes to reduce the soup. Serve sprinkled with toasted garlic and chopped green onion.
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