Originally Posted by Roll_Bones
Sounds great. Sounds just like ropa veja.
No, not at all. Ropa vieja is cooked shredded meat slow stewed with a sofrito plus tomatos, green pepper strips, sometimes pimientos/olives and other things for a long period of time.
Vaca frita on the other hand is cooked shredded meat that is marinated in basically a mojo and then quickly fried over high heat.
Totally different flavor profiles and textures. The only similarity is that they both start with shredded beef.