Bistek Tagalog is one of my all-time favorite Filipino dishes. Bistek is a local version of the very western beef steak, hence the name. What makes it distinct from the western version is its mild, citrus-y flavor, which is produced by combining the essence of calamansi and the tang of soy sauce. Also, our Bistek is usually thin in slices, compared to the thick chunk of meat and large serving of beef steak.
Beef is the typical meat ingredient, that ‘s why it’s called Bistek. However, you can also use slices of pork, such as pork chops and liempo. I choose pork over beef anytime because I like the taste better, and I try to avoid red meat as much as possible. My favorite cut is liempo, because it’s easier to cook and the meat is more tender and tastier.
When you prepare Bistek, make sure not to overcook the onions to keep them crunchy. The potatoes are optional, but please, include them to your list of ingredients. Who doesn’t like potatoes, anyway? If beef steaks are great with mashed potato, consider this as our alternative.
Continue reading below to get the recipe:
FILIPINO STYLE STEAK (Bistek Tagalog)
You will need:
- 1 kilo Pork Chops or Liempo/Beef Tenderloin or Sirloin, thinly sliced
- 10 pieces calamnsi, juiced
- 1 1/2 cup soy sauce
- salt and pepper to taste
- 5 tbsp cooking oil
- 4 medium-sized potatoes, thinly sliced
- 4 medium-sized onions, cut into rings
- 1/2 cup water
How to prepare:
- Placed the first four ingredient into a bowl. Mixed thoroughly until the meat is well-covered. Cover the bowl with cling wrap and marinate the meat for about 30 minutes to one hour.
- In a large pan, fry potatoes until light brown. Set aside.
- Add more oil to the same pan. Over low to medium heat, fry the meat. Turn over after about 5-7 minutes to cook both sides. Set aside on a serving plate.
- Remove marinade residue from the pan to avoid burning. Do not throw away the oil. On the same pan, fry the onions for about 15 seconds. Place the onions and the fried potatoes on top of the steak.
- Still on the same pan, pour in the leftover marinade. Add about half a cup of water. Simmer for about two minutes over low heat. Add salt and pepper to taste. If too salty, add more water. Pour the liquid mixture onto the steak.
- Serve with steamed rice.