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Bistek Tagalog (beef with onions and soy sauce)

Bistek Tagalog………..If the Americans love their fillet mignon with gravy, tenderloin steak with mushroom sauce, We filipinos have love our own steak.  Yes, Bistek is a steak – the Philippines way. It’s a tasty and simple recipe to cook your beef. It is a dish made with common ingredients such as soy sauce, calamansi and onions which is always present inside our cup board. As I always mention to my blog – good food doesn’t have to be complicated. For your reference, I already posted the pork version of this recipe – Pork Steak Tagalag…………..Did you know that onions is the richest dietary source of quercitin, a potent antioxidant which is specifically linked to inhibiting human stomach cancer. Onions also have historically been used to treat asthma, too. Its action in asthma is due to its ability to inhibit the production of compounds that cause the bronchial muscle to spasm and to relax bronchial muscle.

Ingredients: serves 3-4 persons

  • 500 gms beef sirloin- blade cut / thinly sliced
  • 1 large white onions cut in rings
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp baking soda (to keep the steak more tender)
  • 5 cloves minced garlic
  • 5 pcs calamansi or 1 whole lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 tbsp oil


  • In a container with cover, combine all ingredients together except onions and oil. marinade for a minimum of 2 hours
  • In a wide teflon pan, heat oil and caramelize onion for 5 minutes. remove and drain onions. set aside.
  • On the same pan with the same oil, seared steak on both side.  Seared on your desired doneness. Do not over cook.
  • The pour over remaining marinade mix. cook for about 2 minutes then topped with caramelized onions
  • Transfer in a serving plate. Serve hot with rice.

Braised Beef with Leeks and Onions

Braised Beef…..It is a slow cooked beef perfectly combined with onions and leeks seasoned with asian condiments. It’s a very similar to japanese gyudon or Chinese Beef brisket which I already post. This is more easy to prepare than those dish. You can find this dish mostly in chinese hongkong restaurant, they made varieties of meal using leeks and onions. The use of leeks and onions in every dish brings a very appetizing smell and taste…. . . . Did you know that leeks and onions are good source of dietary fiber, they contain goodly amounts of folic acid, calcium, potassium, and vitamin C.  They also have laxative, antiseptic, diuretic, and anti-arthritic properties.

Ingredients: good for 6-8 persons

  • 1 kl beef brisket
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1/2 cup kikoman soy sauce
  • 1 big white sliced onions
  • 1 cup sliced leeks
  • 1 thumb sized sliced ginger
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 3 pcs star anise
  • 2 cups water
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp fish sauce


  • In a large pot, boil beef with 2 cups water, ginger and star anise in a low heat settings, boil for about 45 mins or until beef is tender. drain beef and set aside. save beef stock.
  • In a wok, heat oil and saute onions, leeks and add in beef, saute well until brown, then seasoned with salt & pepper, kikoman, pour in remaining stock and add in sugar
  • adjust your taste by adding fish sauce. upon serving pour in sesame oil.
  • Enjoy!
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