It has been a while since I last featured a Filipino recipe. This is why I decided to write about another popular food in the Philippines.
I got the recipe from the website 'Panlasang Pinoy' (Filipino Taste) which is very useful for mediocre cooks like me.
Bistek Tagalog is the Filipino version of the Beef Steak. This native dish is typically made with sirloin beef slowly cooked in soy sauce and strips of caramelized onions.
The cut of the beef is very important as it will affect the texture of the dish. For shorter cooking time, it is best to use thin slices of the meat.
If the beef is too tough, boil it in a pressure cooker for 30 minutes.
Filipinos are “beef-lovers” but this type of meat is very expensive in the Philippines so households rarely prepare dishes with beef. We often substitute it with pork or chicken.
Bistek is even tastier when combined with steamed rice. It is a great sit-down meal for friends and family. Leftovers are a delicious sandwich filling.
The thin slices of beef need to marinate in soy sauce and “calamansi” (calamandarin in English) juice for at least an hour.
The “calamansi” is known as the Filipino lemon. It is smaller than the mandarin oranges we buy in supermarkets.
The calamansi is available year-round in the Philippines. It is added to dishes and sauces while it is still green or in its “unripened” state.
This citrus fruit has a spongy and leathery rind with a sectioned and juicy pulp.
The recipe requires simple ingredients and is very easy to prepare.
• 1 lb beef sirloin, thinly sliced
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 piece lemon or 3 pieces calamansi
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1 large onion, sliced into rings
3 tbsp cooking oil
salt to taste
Marinade beef in soy sauce, lemon (or calamansi), and ground black pepper for at least 1 hour.
Heat the cooking oil in a pan then stir fry the onion rings until the texture becomes soft. Set aside.
In the same pan where the onions were fried, fry the marinated beef (without the marinade) until color turns brown. Set aside.
Put-in the garlic then saute for a few minutes.
Pour the marinade and bring to a boil.
Put in the fried beef and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes or until meat is tender.
Add water as needed.
Add the stir-fried onions and some salt to taste.