Bistek is a Filipino dish which typically consists of beef marinated in soy sauce and calamansi (calamondin). The pieces of beef are pan fried and served with a sauce and fried onion rings. My mom’s version of this dish is a little bit different because she likes to add tomatoes. I adopted her way of cooking this dish, so I also add tomatoes to my bistek. Not only are tomatoes my favorite, the tomatoes along with the onions add flavor and texture to the dish. I like to use lemon juice in this recipe because where I live, lemon is cheaper and more readily accessible than calamansi. When properly cooked, the beef is so tender and full of flavor. It is definitely a family favorite. Best of all, on the rare occasion when there are leftovers, this dish tastes even better the next day!My kitchen always smells so good every time I cook this beef dish. Even when I take this dish to work for lunch, my coworkers would always comment on how appetizing the bistek looks and how good it smells. Enjoy!
Bistek is a Filipino dish which typically consists of beef marinated in soy sauce and calamansi (calamondin), pan fried and garnished with fried onion.
- 1 lb beef sirloin sliced thinly
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 onion cut into rings
- 1 tomato stem removed and sliced lenghthwise
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
Marinate beef in lemon juice and soy sauce for 30 minutes. Drain and reserve marinade.
Pan fry the meat in hot oil until brown. Transfer to a plate.
In the remaining oil, add onions and fry for couple of minutes.
Add reserved marinade and stir, adding more water and soy sauce if desired.
Let mixture boil and then add sliced tomatoes. Stir and cook for another minute.
Pour sauce over the beef and serve.