I remember having bistek for lunch at school. My mom would marinate the beef or milkfish overnight. I remember getting up in the morning smelling the simmering bistek in the house. Bistek tagalog makes a good lunch at school. You can enjoy it for breakfast, lunch or dinner either hot or at room temperature. So here's my mom's Bistek Tagalog recipe:
- 1 lb. beef sirloin, thinly sliced
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 4 pcs. calamansi, squeezed (can be substituted with lemon or lime)
- 1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
- 2 tbsp. vegetable oil
- 1 large onion sliced into rings
- 1 large potato, thinly sliced and fried for garnishing (optional)
- Marinate the beef in the soy sauce, calamansi and black pepper overnight. *
- Heat oil in a pan over medium high heat. Stir fry the onion rings. Set aside.
- Pan-fry the meat until brown in the same oil setting aside the marinade. Remove the meat from the pan.
- Pour in the marinade and bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer until the sauce thickens to the desired consistency.
- Return the meat to the pan and simmer for 10-15 minutes.
- Add the onions.
- Aside from beef, pork and milkfish can be used.
- The marinade* can also include the onion rings, but most people don't like the strong smell of raw onion.