Bistek Tagalog Beef Steak Filipino Recipe

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Bistek Tagalog Beef Steak Filipino Recipe


2 lbs Beef (thinly sliced, 1/4 inch thick)
1 Bulb Onion (sliced in rings)
3 Clove of Garlic (diced)
1/4 Cup of Soy Sauce
3 Tbsp Pepper
1/2 of Water
3 tsp of Cooking oil
6 Tbsp Calamansi Juice or Lemon
Optional (you can add Maggi Beef Cube)

If the Americans have Beef Steak, we Filipinos have Bistek, and we fondly call it “bistek tagalog”. American steak dishes are big slabs of grilled meat while we enjoy ours in smaller and thinly sliced beef meat. We are not known to be heavy meat eaters. We usually eat matchbox sized meat with vegetables and lots of rice (yeah! that’s the truth, isn’t it?)

The beef cut that is usually used is tenderloin, sirloin or top or bottom round. The meat is marinated in soy sauce and calamansi juice (a local lemon). After marinating it, it is pan fried for a short period of time. For garnishing, you could use caramelized onion rings and smother it with calamansi juice and the marinade.

This is a very simple and uncomplicated Beef Steak recipe that will make you ask for more.

Preparation time: 1 hour
Cooking time: 30 minutes
Yield: 3-4 servings

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  1. My family is from the Philippines and this along with kielbasa are my allllllll time favorite foods to eat. Can't wait to try this recipe!

  2. I lived 15 years in the philippines.. as a Kano. this was my FAVORITE.. well maybe it was TOCINO… or maybe it was KALDARETA… or maybe.. LOL.. love Filipino food.. I miss is a lot.. here in IDAHO, there are not many places to get filipino food.. oh well.. guess I will have to go back to the PI…..

  3. Yum. Good recipe, but I highly recommend using fresh calamansi instead of lemons. Also, I'd change that annoying intro 'music' LOL


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