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The dish is usually cooked for hours and hours using cheaper cuts of beef. As you may notice with Filipino dishes, the cheaper cuts are always cooked in one way or another to avoid waste. In the case of my pares however, I'm using a relatively tough but leaner cut of beef, the brisket. Since it will undergo a slow cooking process (or in this case, a short one in a pressure cooker), this cut of beef is the perfect choice. It has just the right amount of fat to not render the dish overly unhealthy but rather, just perfect on both nutrition and taste.
One word of warning, however. The dish uses star anise which has a licorice flavor to it in addition to being highly aromatic. So be forewarned that your house may smell of this spice for a few days, something a good airing of your kitchen can take care of in a flash. Also, serve this dish a bit on the soupy side and sprinkle with roasted garlic and a sprinkling of green onions over a bed of hot steamed rice. I'm salivating already!
2-3 lbs beef brisket, diced in 1-inch cubes
1 onion diced
5-6 garlic cloves, minced
2 tbsp ginger, minced finely
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup oyster sauce
1/4 cup brown sugar
6-8 cup beef broth
4 pieces star anise
4 tbsp vegetable oil
1/3 cup roasted garlic
5-6 green onions, diced
salt and pepper
1. In a deep pot, heat the oil at medium heat and add the ginger, garlic and
onions. Season with salt and pepper and saute until softened for about 2
2. Add the beef and season with salt and pepper. Cook until slightly browned
before adding the soy sauce and oyster sauce. Stir and mix and cook for
another 2-3 minutes.
3. Add the broth and bring the pot to a boil. Once boiling, add the sugar and
star anise and lower the heat to medium low. Simmer for about 2 hours
until the beef is very tender. Keep adding water if necessary.
4. If using a pressure cooker, cook for about 30-40 minutes and check if the
beef is tender. Add more water if necessary.
5. Check for flavor and serve hot with a sprinkling of roasted garlic and diced