Maine’s Beef Pares

Ever since we got here in the UK, I find it hard to not miss the nice dishes we have back home. So let’s just try bringing them here in the UK instead. I made atchara few weeks ago (will make another post about that also) but we haven’t tried it just yet, I want the vinegar to mix in a bit more. Will try it with my fried bangus or my oven roast pork belly this week!

I made this recipe last night and it was a hit for daddy, he said it reminds him of a Chinese dish (maybe, patatim?). I missed going to pares houses since we lived in the south back in the Philippines. Lucky enough we spotted a good beef brisket in the butchers by Bitterne when we went there last Friday, I had to order star anise online so we have to wait for days to cook this. It was worth it anyway! 😝

The dish is usually served with garlic rice and beef clear soup on the side. I prefer slow cooked beef than pressurized one, I cooked mine in the slow cooker for 5 hours. 


500 grams beef brisket, whole

1 whole onion, quartered for slow cooking

3 cloves of garlic, pressed for slow cooking


2 pcs star anise

3 cloves of garlic, chopped

1 red onion, chopped

1 thumb sized ginger, julienned

1/3 cup soy sauce

5-6 tbsp brown sugar 

1 cup beef stock

Garlic bits and spring onion for garnishing (optional)

  1. Slow cook the brisket, add 4 cups of water, quartered onion, garlic, peppercorns and salt. Leave for 4-5 hours maximum. 
  2. When beef is tender enough, remove from slow cooker, cut to bite size portions.
  3. And on a pan, saute garlic, onion and ginger.
  4. Add the beef, beef stock from slow cooking, soy sauce, star annise and brown sugar. 
  5. Let it simmer for a few minutes. 
  6. Add cornstarch if you want it a bit thicker. 
  7. Transfer to a bowl, garnish with garlic bits and onion spring. 

For the beef clear soup, just use the remaining beef stock and add patis (fish sauce, add and adjust according to your preference) add onion spring and garlic bits for more flavor. 😁

For the garlic rice:

3 cups of cooked white rice

Pinch of salt

2 tbsps oil

5 cloves of garlic, diced

 Maggi Magic Sarap (optional)


  1. In a pan, add oil then fry the garlic until brown
  2. Add rice, salt and magic sarap. Mix to incorporate flavors.
  3. Fry the rice for about 4-5 mins., medium heat 


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