Up Your Pares Game with This Bone Marrow Pares Recipe

September 21, 2018

The rainy season triggers cravings for a warm bowl of pares, while the weather ironically makes it difficult to walk over to our favorite neighborhood pares spot. We got our favorite part of another rainy day fave—the bone marrow of bulalo—and made a recipe for bone marrow pares that you can make at home.

Then you can save that marrow bone for a shot luge, yeah???

This rich, thick soup is made even richer and thicker when you slide some oily, fatty, cooked bone marrow into it. The recipe takes some time, but when you’re stuck inside from bad weather, waiting shouldn’t be a problem. It’s the smell of the bone marrow in the oven that may drive your impatience.

Bone Marrow Pares

  • Serves: 4 people
  • Active time: 30 minutes
  • Total time: 1 hour and 30 minutes
  • Difficulty: Medium



  • ½ kg. beef brisket, cut into 2-inch cubes
  • ½ tbsp. salt


  • 2 tbsp. oil
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp. ginger, minced
  • 2 pieces star anise, whole
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • Pepper, to taste

Bone Marrow

  • 2 marrow bones, split in half lengthwise
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Place brisket and salt in a pot and cover with water.
  2. Set pot over high heat until boiling, then turn down heat to a simmer, covering the pot.
  3. Let cook until beef is tender, about 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  4. Remove beef from liquid and set aside. Reserve liquid and set aside.
  5. Preheat oven to 450F.
  6. In a pan over medium heat, add oil.
  7. Sautée garlic, ginger, and star anise until fragrant and garlic is softened, about 3 minutes.
  8. Add soy sauce, brown sugar, and pepper.
  9. Cook until sugar is dissolved and mixture begins to boil and thicken, about 5 minutes.
  10. Add beef and beef broth, about half a cup at a time, until desired consistency.
  11. Set aside and keep warm.
  12. Take marrow bones and season with salt and pepper.
  13. Set on baking tray and place in preheated oven for about 15 minutes or until marrow is soft and cooked.
  14. Remove from oven.
  15. Serve pares with bone marrow on top.
Bea Osmeña SEE AUTHOR Bea Osmeña

Bea Osmeña is a healthy-ish eater who is just as likely to take you to a vegan joint as she is to consume a whole cheese pie to herself. A former picky eater, Bea has discovered the joys of savory fruit dishes, but still refuses to accept pineapples on her pizza. On the rare occasion you catch her without food in her mouth, you are likely to find her looking at books she can't afford, hugging trees, or talking to strange animals on the street.

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  1. kat says:

    Hello! 🙂 thank you for the recipe, can i ask what brand of soy sauce did you guys use? 🙂

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