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bistek pilipino

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I used to make bistek (a Tagalogized version of the English word ‘beefsteak’) all the time in college. It was the first thing I learned how to cook. I jacked it up real good one time by accidentally salting the beef AND marinating it in soy sauce. The result was the saltiest meal of my life. Apologies to the unsuspecting neighbor that ended up eating that upon visiting.

This is quick and easy and deeply Filipino. Enjoy!


  • 1/2 lb of sliced beef
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 3 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • cracked black pepper
  • the juice of 1 lemon (OR the juice of 6-7 kalamansi)
  • 1/2 cup of soy sauce


  1. In a bowl mix the beef, onions, garlic, lemon juice, and soy sauce. Add plenty of cracked black pepper. Marinate for 20-30 minutes.
  2. Heat oil in a skillet and pan fry the beef. Turning once.
  3. After all of the slices are cooked, place on a plate, and set aside.
  4. In the same skillet add the onions and garlic. Leave the marinade for now.
  5. When the onions and garlic are browned, add the cooked beef back to the skillet.
  6. Add the marinade, bring to a simmer. (If needed, add 1/2 cup of water to make it saucier).
  7. Serve over steaming white rice.



Written by joann

September 9, 2007 at 11:02 pm

Posted in filipino, recipes

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