Pares the Street Food
Everyone, meet Pares the street food! Usually when I go home at night, I would pass by these mobile food carts with a lot of people eating. Curious on what they were eating, I subtly glanced on what was being served.
It was a hot beef soup that’s commonly known as pares. It is called pares (or pair in English) because of the pairing of beef stew and soup. Or maybe the pairing of beef soup and garlic rice? I’m not really sure which version is the original origin.
According to wikipedia,
The stew is made with beef cutlets cooked in sweet soy sauce and anise, topped with spring onions. The soup is made by combining a portion of the stew sauce with some pre-cooked soup stock.
For the sake of trying it out, I ordered one to go. I was instructed to create my own mix of fried garlic, vinegar, spring onions and chili oil before the actual soup is poured on top of it. The result that I got was a mildly sour soup with a hint of hotness. In the soup, you will see small strips of beef and sometimes also beef fat or tripe. The soup was viscous (malapot). Taste-wise, it would depend on your mixture but overall, nothing really special (I’m still a solid fan of Bulalo).
For as low as PHP 30 (PHP25 – pares + PHP 5 for a cup of rice), one can already have a filling meal especially since you can ask for more soup for free. No wonder people flock to these food carts.
Till next time,
All over the metro. There are already two vendors just outside the house.