How to Make Bistek Tagalog (Filipino Beefsteak)
Bistek, or bistek tagalog, is a popular Filipino dish composed of succulent strips of sirloin beef made tender in salty soy sauce and tangy calamansi juice. The taste of this flavorsome dish, which got its name from the English dish “beefsteak," is further accented by the mild sweetness of sautéed onions. Sometimes, Filipinos throw in fried and quartered potatoes and cooked mung bean sprouts to jazz up the classic Filipino bistek. Perfect!
In addition to its scrumptious taste, bistek is also popular among Filipinos around the world because it is so easy to prepare and cook. It can be ready to serve and eat in about an hour, give or take a few minutes; the marinating process takes about 15 minutes, while the actual cooking can be done in about 40 minutes.
Unlike many foods that are often eaten with steamed white rice, bistek does not need to be hot when served. In fact, many Filipinos carry it for lunch when going to school or work or even for out-of-town trips.
The real goodness of bistek lies in its tender beef, which packs lots of savory flavor and aroma. It's also served with a little sauce, a mix of soy sauce and calamansi juice.
How to Make Bistek Tagalog
- 1/2 kilogram sirloin beef, sliced into thin cuts
- 2 large potatoes, peeled and quartered
- 2 large onions, cut into rings
- 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoons cooking oil
- 5 tablespoons calamansi juice
- 1 tablespoon ground black pepper
- 1/2 cup soy sauce
- 1/4 cup water
- Pour the calamansi juice and soy sauce into a plastic mixing bowl. Add the beef, garlic, and pepper. Mix thoroughly.
- Marinate for 15 minutes.
- Prepare cooking oil in a pan set over medium heat.
- Once the oil is hot, add the onion rings and fry them until they're transparent. Drain and set aside.
- In the same pan, fry the potatoes until tender. Drain and set aside.
- Pour the marinade into the pan. Allow it to boil for two minutes.
- Add the beef to the pan. Simmer for about 40 minutes or until the beef becomes tender.
- Once the beef is tender, transfer it to a plate. Top with onion rings and potatoes. Serve with hot, steamed white rice.
- Enjoy your homemade bistek tagalog!
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