How to cook bistek tagalog?

This is one of the many all-time favorite. Beef is very expensive in the Philippines compared to chicken. This is considered as a "for special occasion only" dish served to special guests.

Since Filipinos are very inventive in their dish and try to maximize it, there's two versions that you can consider - a dry, saucy bistek or a soupy bistek swimming in sauce!

Either way, you just need to make adjustments on the beef broth.

Here's the ingredients:

1. Beef, thinly sliced sirloin or steak cut

2. Lemon or calamansi

3. Soy sauce

4. Garlic, minced

5. Onion, white or red, cut into rings

6. Pepper and salt to taste

7. Beef stock, optional if you want a lot of sauce!

8. Cooking oil


- You need to marinate the beef in soy sauce and lemon or calamansi for at least an hour or overnight, keep refrigerated

- Add oil in a pre-heated pan and pan fry the onion rings for 20 seconds and set aside

- Pan fry the beef 2-5 minutes on each side, set aside (including the sauce)

- Add some oil and pan fry the garlic, add the beef (no sauce) and stir fry for about 2 minutes

- Add the sauce (you can also add the beef stock here if you want more sauce) and bring it to boil.

- Add salt (only if needed!) and pepper to taste

- Add onions and let it sit for 1-2 minutes

- Best serve on top of newly cooked rice