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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.

Pork Steak Tagalog

This is one of my favorite dish especially when I go to a “TURO-TURO” or canteen(small cafeteria) in the philippines…It’s a marinated fried pork with canalized onions and served with its remaining marinade mix. A simple dish that you can definitely eat a bunch of rice on it….whew!!!…..Did you know that onions contain a number of sulfides similar to those found in garlic which may lower blood lipids and blood pressure. In some places, communities that never consumed onions had blood cholesterol levels substantially higher, and blood clotting times shorter, than the communities that ate liberal amounts of garlic and onions….

Ingredients: good for 3-4 persons

  • oil for frying
  • 6-8 pcs of pork chops or 1/2 a kilo
  • 2 big white onions
  • salt & pepper
  • 1/4 cup lemon or calamansi
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tsp sugar


  • in a container, mix soy sauce, salt & pepper, 1 tsp sugar(save 1 tsp for onions) and lemon, mix well then add pork. marinate for a minimum of 30 minutes.
  • in a frying pan, fry pork until medium well. set aside and remove oil from the pan.
  • from the same frying pan, add a little oil and saute onions for 3-4 minutes or until caramelize. add 1 tsp sugar.
  • add in fried pork and its remaining marinade mix. add in water and bring to a boil.
  • serve hot & enjoy!!!
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