Filipino Beef Steak (Bistek Tagalog)
Bistek Tagalog is a Filipino dish made with beef steak and caramelized onions. There is a common dish in Mexico. The beef is marinated in soy sauce and kalamansi juice. In your version we use lemon juice instead of kalamansi. This simple dish is popular in the Philippines and we show you how to make your own Bistek.
450 g beef round steak, beef sirloin or beef tenderloin, sliced 1-2 cm thick
8 tbs lemonjuice
60 ml dark soy sauce
2 tsp garlic, minced
2 large onions, cut into rings
2 tbs neutral oil
In a non-metal bowl, mix lemon juice, soy sauce, and garlic. Taste it, if it’s too sour, add soy sauce; if it’s too salty, add more Juice. Season with ground pepper. Add meat to soy sauce mixture and stir to let it soak up the marinade evenly. Let it marinade for at least 30 minutes.
Heat a skillet. Add one tbs oil. Stir fry onion rings until translucent. Remove from skillet and set aside. In the same pan, heat one tbs oil. Pan-fry the beef working in batches, remove after browning on both sides.
Pour marinade into skillet and bring to a slow boil and simmer for a few minutes or until cooked through. Adjust sauce with more soy sauce or juice, or some water, to suit your taste. Slide beef slices onto a serving plate, arrange the onion rings on top. Make sure to pour all the rest of the cooking liquid on top.