Bistek (Filipino Beef Steak)

Pinoy BistekBISTEK or FILIPINO BEEF STEAK or BEEF STEAK TAGALOG is a flavorful and adaptable Filipino beef recipe usually paired with steaming hot rice. The beef strips are marinated, sauteed and tenderized. The marinade is perfect not only with beef but also with chicken and porkchops. With the help of a pressure cooker, it will effortlessly cut the cooking time in half. I experimentally marinated the beef overnight, which is longer than usual, to let the marinade mixture sink in to each strands of the beef, and the result gave a better taste compared to marinating the beef for few hours only. Just a piece of kitchen tip, marinate the beef inside the fridge and not on the counter. Dispose the marinade after use since it contains raw juices of the beef which may have bacteria. That is why I divided the marinade into two so as one for marinade and the reserve as its sauce.

Beef is a great source of iron, protein and B vitamins like Vitamin B6, which helps strengthen our immune system, and Vitamin B12 which helps the normal functions of brain and nervous system and blood formation. It is also recommended that we have to eat beef twice a week with a serving size of a 3 to 4 ounces per serving or just a size of a deck of cards.

Well, I got to know all of these information during my son’s Nutrition Month celebration a while ago. It was very entertaining watching my son dancing with the tune of “Makulay ang Buhay sa Sinabawang Gulay” and very informative listening to Nutrition Tips given by the gradeschoolers.

Anyway, here is my recipe for BISTEK or FILIPINO BEEF STEAK or BEEF STEAK TAGALOG.

1/2 kilo beef strips

for marinade/sauce:

1 cup soy sauce
1/4 calamansi juice
3 tbsp. Kikkoman soy
1 tsp. pepper
cooking oil
2 cloves of garlic, peeled and crushed
3 medium white onion, peeled and cut into rings
1 cup water

Wash the beef with running water. Drain.

Pound the beef strips with mallet to easily tenderize the meat.

In a bowl, combine soy sauce, calamansi juice, kikkoman soy and pepper. Adjust flavor by adding any of the seasonings.

Divide the mixture into two. Half is for the marinade and the other is for the sauce. Place the half in a sealed container and store in the ref. Place the other half of the soy mixture as the marinade on a large container.

Slip on the beef strips. Mix until it is well blended.

Store in the ref (not in the freezer) for overnight.

To cook BISTEK:

Get the marinated beef and the half of the soy mixture out of the fridge. Separate the beef strips with the marinade sauce.

Heat pressure cooker on medium heat. Swirl oil and saute garlic and add the beef. Cook for 5 minutes.

Add the soy mixture and 1 cup water. Then seal in the pressure cooker. Cook for 20-25 minutes.

When the 20 minutes are up, release the pressure from the pot according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Then add the onion rings. Cook for another 5 minutes.

You may add water, salt, pepper, soy sauce or calamansi juice to adjust the flavor. Serve with rice.

*** If you are not using a pressure cooker, you may traditionally cook the beef until it is tender.

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