Top: Beef Asado Pares, Bottom: Pares Kanto
|Place of origin||Philippines|
|Region or state||Metro Manila|
|Main ingredients||Clear Soup (commonly beef-based broth) |
Beef Asado (or any other viand)
The Filipino term Pares commonly refers to Beef Pares, a braised beef stew served with garlic fried rice, and a bowl of clear soup. It is a popular food particularly associated with specialty roadside diner-style establishments known as Pares Houses (or paresan in Filipino, akin to tapsihan for tapsilog) that specialize in serving these type of meals. In recent years, it had also become a common dish served in small eateries called karinderya or carinderia that serve economical meals for local residents. 
Informally, Pares can also refer to any dish that is cooked in the manner reminiscent of the "asado-style" (i.e. stewed in a sweet-soy sauce).
The Filipino word Pares (pronounced as PAH res) literally means pairs in English. The name for this style of serving meals comes from the practice of "pairing" the beef ulam or dish with garlic fried rice and a light beef broth soup, forming a complete meal.
Beef Pares, or Pares as it is commonly known, is a meal that consist of beef asado (beef stewed in a sweet-soy sauce), garlic fried rice and a bowl of beef broth soup.
The soup may originate from the broth in which the meat is simmered in until tender before being seasoned with the sweet-soy sauce but it can also be prepared separately and be made with beef bouillon cubes instead. This soup is usually made and seasoned with onion, garlic, peppercorns, chives, and onion leeks. Some cooks also add bay leaves to this broth to improve the flavor.
Another variation of the dish, informally known as Pares Kariton or Pares Kanto for being served on the roadside by mobile sidecar vendors, serves the beef and broth combined, usually with the broth slightly thickened by cornstarch. This variant is less sweeter and has less spices compared to the beef asado variant but is more savory due to the use of beef tendons (litid), bone marrow (utak ng buto), and fatty cuts of beef.
A garnish of chopped green onion and fried garlic mince is often added atop the dish before serving. Steamed rice is sometimes served instead of fried rice, depending on personal preference of the customer. Some Filipino restaurants also offer the option to serve the dish with an accompaniment of noodles instead of rice.