Bistek (Filipino-Style Pan Fried Beef Steak)

Bistek (Filipino-Style Pan Fried Beef Steak) | www.fussfreecooking.com

 I think I am in love with Filipino food! I have found my favourite beef recipe ever! I love a good dish to chow down with rice and this salty and slightly sweet Filipino dish definitely fits the bill.

What made the dish is the addition of sliced red onion towards the end instead of softening it until translucent at the beginning of cooking like we used to. As red onion is the sweeter and milder variety as compared to  brown onion, I’d recommend that you stick to red for this dish. You want the red onion to be very slightly softened and soaking up some of the incredibly delicious juices oozing out from the steaks.  As for the steaks, they are marinated in lime juice, garlic and soy sauce. I find adding citrus fruit juices like lime or lemon juice tenderises the meat especially in stir fry dishes where there is no degree of doneness to steaks like medium rare, medium, medium etc.

Like many home-style Asian dishes, the ingredients required are not demanding at all. All you need are steak, garlic, lime/lemon juice, kecap manis, soy sauce and red onion. You may already have these ingredients on hand right at this moment hey? I’m just sayin’….  *wink*

Bistek (Filipino-Style Pan Fried Beef Steak) | www.fussfreecooking.com
Bistek (Filipino-Style Pan Fried Beef Steak) | www.fussfreecooking.com
Bistek (Filipino-Style Pan Fried Beef Steak) | www.fussfreecooking.com
Bistek (Filipino-Style Pan Fried Beef Steak) | www.fussfreecooking.com
Bistek (Filipino-Style Pan Fried Beef Steak) | www.fussfreecooking.com

The dish is itself is quite meaty, so feel free to add a vegetable side dish, even simple steamed vegetables would suffice.

Bistek (Filipino-Style Pan Fried Beef Steak) | www.fussfreecooking.com

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2 Responses to Bistek (Filipino-Style Pan Fried Beef Steak)
  1. Helen (Grab Your Fork)
    November 7, 2013 | 2:21 am

    Beef and onions always go so well together! I think the Filipino has long been overlooked in Aus given our proximity.

  2. Jean | Lemons & Anchovies
    November 8, 2013 | 11:11 pm

    Your Singapore Noodles led me to your site then I saw your version of bistek–one of my all-time favorite Filipino dishes. I could eat this everyday. Yours looks great!

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