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 (Filipino Beef Steak)
- 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.