Bistek: A Flavorful Journey to Filipino Beef Steak

Welcome back, cooking enthusiasts! Today, we have a special treat for you, as we delve into the rich flavors of Filipino cuisine with a classic dish that is sure to tantalize your taste buds. Introducing Bistek, a delectable concoction where tender cuts of beef are marinated in a flavorful blend of soy sauce and calamansi juice. Topped with generous slices of caramelized onions and served with a side of rice, this dish is a true delight for any occasion.

Bistek tagalog

The Story Behind Bistek

Bistek holds a special place in the hearts and stomachs of Filipinos. It is a dish that brings back fond memories of family meals and cozy gatherings. Whenever my family would buy cuts of beef, my mom would whip up a delicious batch of bistek. It was quick, filling, and a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. I always loved how the onions added a natural sweetness and crunch to the dish, giving it that extra oomph.

What Makes Bistek Special?

At the heart of bistek lies thinly sliced beef, bathed in a marinade of soy sauce, calamansi juice, ground black pepper, and garlic. This combination creates a perfect balance of savory and tangy flavors. The beef is then seared to perfection, while the onions slowly caramelize, bringing sweetness and a delightful texture to the dish.

The Perfect Ingredients

To create the ultimate bistek, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • Thinly-sliced beef: This recipe is incredibly forgiving when it comes to the type of beef you choose. Whether it’s sirloin, flank, or top round, just make sure to slice it against the grain for maximum tenderness.
  • Onion: Feel free to use yellow, red, or white onions. I personally love the vibrant pop of color that red onions bring to the dish.
  • Soy sauce, calamansi, black pepper, garlic, sugar: These ingredients will not only serve as the marinade but also form the base of the sauce. They come together to create a harmonious blend of flavors that is sure to excite your palate.
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Let’s Get Cooking!

  1. In a bowl, combine the thinly-sliced beef with soy sauce, calamansi juice, minced garlic, sugar, and ground black pepper. Gently massage the marinade into the meat until it is evenly coated. Cover and let it marinate for at least 30-60 minutes. (Pro tip: You can marinate the meat overnight, but not for more than 12 hours to prevent it from becoming overly salty.)

Marinating the beef

  1. Heat oil in a pan over medium heat. Gently squeeze the marinated beef to remove any excess marinade, then fry it for 3-5 minutes until it is just cooked through. You may need to do this in batches to avoid overcrowding. Set the cooked beef aside.

Searing the meat

  1. In the same pan, add the onion rings and cook them gently for 5-10 minutes, until they begin to soften and become translucent.

Caramelizing the onions

  1. Pour in the remaining marinade and let it reduce to your desired consistency, creating a luscious sauce.

  2. Add the cooked beef back into the pan and toss it with the onions, ensuring that every piece is coated in the delightful sauce.

Adding in the meat

  1. Serve your tantalizing bistek with a side of rice and veggies, and get ready to savor every delicious bite!

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