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Bistek Tagalog Recipe
Bistek Tagalog Recipe

Bistek Tagalog Recipe

Bistek Tagalog Recipe, If cuisines of other countries have their own versions of beef steaks, so is Philippines has its own version called Bistek Tagalog. Filipino Bistek Tagalog is made up of thin slices of beef cooked in soy sauce, garlic, salt, pepper, calamansi juice, and onion. American beef steaks like prime rib, filet mignon, rib eye, sirloin, and tenderloin steaks are big slabs of grilled beef. Beef steaks of Spanish-speaking countries, called Bistec, are made up with thin slices of beef cooked in variety of ways, depending which country and culture the dish is made from. Bistec de Palomilla of Cuba, Bistec a Caballo of Columbia, Bistec Ranchero of Mexico, and Bistec a Lo Pobre of Peruvia are just of few examples of this dish. Bistec, by the way, resembles our version of Bistek Tagalog.

Bistec or Bistek Tagalog empanizado, literally breaded bistec, is a type of Mexican dish, that consists of pieces of salted and peppered sirloin, usually flattened with a meat tenderizing tool, and is covered in bread crumbs, which is to be fried later. The dish is usually served in tortillas as taco de bistec (Bistec taco). The Tagalogs of the Philippines came up with their own version of bistec known as Bistek Tagalog which is typically made with onions and strips of sirloin beef slowly cooked in soy sauce and calamansi juice. It is known in the Spanish-speaking world as bistec encebollado.

Bistek is a dish that originated in the Philippines and was made by the folks of Tagalog regions. However, it was believed that the dish is Spanish by influence because almost all the countries Spain once colonized made a similar kind of dish. Spain must have taught the dish to their colonized nations. However, you may ask, why Bistek in the Philippines and not Bistec? Probably because there no letter “c” in Tagalog alphabet. Instead of letter “c”, Tagalog alphabet uses “k”.

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Bistek Tagalog Recipe
Bistek Tagalog Recipe, Marinade also varies as others use salt and others don't. We included salt in our marinade because it helps to tenderize and moisturize the meat. Moreover, Spanish cuisine, often, uses salt in their marinade, giving way for the Bistek Tagalog dish to be more authentic and Spanish by influence.
Bistek Tagalog Recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Bistek Tagalog Recipe
Instructions
  1. Marinate beef steak in calamansi juice, soy sauce, ground pepper, and salt for about 30 minutes. Set aside.
  2. In a skillet, fry onion rings until translucent. Remove onion from skillet and set aside.
  3. In same skillet, fry marinated beef steak over high heat turning upside down several times until brown and tender. Remove meat from skillet and set aside.
  4. Saute garlic and when brown, add the beef steak. Add onion rings and just enough marinade to create an oily sauce. Cover and simmer until done. Serve hot!
Recipe Notes

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