Thoroughly clean the beef, drain and set aside.
Heat the pot and saute garlic, onion and ginger. Add the beef, water, bouillon cube, anisado wine, soy sauce and black pepper. You can add the star anise at this stage for a stronger flavor, although I decided to add it at the last stage since I want just a subtle flavor.
Boil and simmer the beef until it is tender. Maybe, about an hour to an hour and a half. Now add the star anise and dried shrimp, and simmer for another 15 minutes.
Remove the beef meat and drain the broth to remove the other solid. Bring the broth back to the pot and simmer. Premix cornstarch and water. Slowly add into the broth to thicken. Add back the beef meat and season with salt to taste. Garnish with chopped green onions.
Beef Pares is best served with drizzled calamansi and a little chili paste on the side if you want some kick. Pair it with warm fried rice for more enjoyable experience.