Pork Bistek: A Delicious Twist on a Classic Filipino Dish

Pork Bistek

Pork Bistek, a delightful variation of the traditional Filipino beef steak, offers tender pork chops paired with a tangy and savory sauce that is sure to become a family favorite.

Bistek, a recipe that holds a special place in my heart, was the very first dish I shared on Kawaling Pinoy. Over the years, this hobby turned into a full-fledged business, allowing me to pursue my passion for cooking. What a fantastic journey it has been!

What Sets Filipino-style Pork Steak Apart

The original bistek recipe is a Filipino adaptation of the Spanish bistec, traditionally made with thin slices of beef cooked with onions and spices. However, in recent years, the term has evolved to encompass not just beef but also any meat or fish stewed in soy sauce, calamansi juice, and onions.

While this recipe deviates from the traditional bistek by using pork, it still captures the essence of the classic flavors. So, even though it may not be a classic bistek per se, it is equally delicious and delivers the tangy and savory taste you love.

How to make Pork Bistek

Key Ingredients

  • Pork: You can use pork chops, thinly sliced pork butt, or sirloin. For a more tender texture, cut the meat across the grain.
  • Calamansi fruits: Fresh calamansi is ideal, but frozen or bottled options work well too. Ensure you use pure calamansi juice without added sugar. If needed, lemon or lime juice can be substituted.

Filipino pork chops a la bistek with onions in a pan
Filipino-style pork steak over rice on a white plate

Serving and Storing Recommendations

  • Serve this Filipino-style pork steak as a main dish with steamed rice for lunch or dinner. Enhance the flavor and texture by garnishing with additional onion rings.
  • Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to 2 months.
  • To reheat, either use the microwave in 2 to 3-minute intervals or heat on the stovetop over medium heat until thoroughly heated.
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