How to Make Bistek Tagalog (Filipino Beefsteak)

Updated on July 13, 2018
kerlynb profile image

Kerlyn loves to share her passion for Filipino food with others so that they too can delight in delicious Southeast Asian cuisine.

Bistek tagalog is a beloved staple of Filipino cuisine made up of tender strips of beef marinated in soy sauce and calamansi juice. This guide will show you how to make this classic dish from the Philippines.
Bistek tagalog is a beloved staple of Filipino cuisine made up of tender strips of beef marinated in soy sauce and calamansi juice. This guide will show you how to make this classic dish from the Philippines. | Source

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. Your bistek 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.

Bistek is traditionally served with rings of cooked onions atop a bed of steamed white rice.
Bistek is traditionally served with rings of cooked onions atop a bed of steamed white rice. | Source

How to Make Bistek Tagalog

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 kilogram sirloin beef, sliced into thin cuts
  • 2 large potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 2 large onions, cut into rings
  • 1 tbsp garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsps cooking oil
  • 5 tbsps calamansi juice
  • 1 tbsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup water

Instructions:

  1. Pour the calamansi juice and soy sauce into a plastic mixing bowl. Add the beef, garlic, and pepper. Mix thoroughly.
  2. Marinate for 15 minutes.
  3. Prepare cooking oil in a pan set over medium heat.
  4. Once the oil is hot, add the onion rings and fry them until they're transparent. Drain and set aside.
  5. In the same pan, fry the potatoes until tender. Drain and set aside.
  6. Pour the marinade into the pan. Allow it to boil for two minutes.
  7. Add the beef to the pan. Simmer for about 40 minutes or until the beef becomes tender.
  8. Once the beef is tender, transfer it to a plate. Top with onion rings and potatoes. Serve with hot, steamed white rice.
  9. Enjoy your homemade bistek tagalog!

Questions & Answers

    © 2012 kerlynb

    Comments

      0 of 8192 characters used
      Post Comment

      • NornsMercy profile image

        Chace 

        5 years ago from Charlotte, NC

        Mmmmm...this looks so good! I can't wait to try it.

      • Jack Burton profile image

        Jack Burton 

        5 years ago from The Midwest

        The only problem with bistek is it's addictive qualities. It's soooooo good that once you have it on the plate you'll want it at least once a week for the rest of your life.

      • NateB11 profile image

        Nathan Bernardo 

        5 years ago from California, United States of America

        This was one of my favorite dishes when I used to stay with family, my Filipino side. I've been wanting to find a recipe for it and also the name of it. All I know is I used to eat it up at my Dad's and they just called it Filipino steak. Also I want to learn how to make Filipino Menudo, another one of my favorites. Sweet and savory, love the mixture. Anyway, thanks for this, I've been looking for it.

      • thebeast02 profile image

        thebeast02 

        6 years ago from Louisiana

        Sounds tasty...looking forward to trying it out!

      • nemanjaboskov profile image

        Nemanja Boškov 

        6 years ago from Serbia

        I enjoy food very much - both cooking and eating it. and this hub has made me want to make a biftek (Serbian word for bistek)...

        I find it very interesting that our national cuisine is similar to yours, even though we live far, far away from each other :)

      • J.S.Matthew profile image

        JS Matthew 

        6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

        Sounds delicious! My wife makes a similar steak and I love it! Great Hub and recipe! Voted up! (Now I'm drooling...)

        JSMatthew~

      working

      This website uses cookies

      As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, delishably.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

      For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://delishably.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

      Show Details
      Necessary
      HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
      LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
      Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
      AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
      Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
      CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
      Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
      Features
      Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
      Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
      Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
      Marketing
      Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
      Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
      Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
      Statistics
      Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
      ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)