If you drive around the metro past midnight, you’ll notice these 24-hour eateries serving something called pares. For years I thought “pares” meant you could order some strange combination of dishes to satisfy late night cravings without being judged. Or, it sounded like something made from cat.
Beef pares is essentially the Filipino version of braised beef. The beef cooks all day, tenderizing the meat and creating an intensely flavorful broth, then the noodles are served separately. By this time the fat from the beef has been mostly collected into the soup, so if you’ve just come from a drinking spree, the liquefied fat (yum) should help combat the effects of the alcohol and hopefully save you from another hangover.
It’s a quick, cheap meal because the eatery relies on the long cooking process to tenderize cheap cuts of meat. If you want to make this at home and have no such EQ, you can buy pricey, quality beef and have it ready in just a few hours.