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Filipino Fried Steak - Bistek Tagalog


Bistek Tagalog

Filipino Fried Beef

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Bistek is considered one of the Philippines' “national” foods. This is a nice, hearty dish for beef lovers that goes very well with boiled or steamed white rice. Great for a sit-down meal with friends and family. Leftovers will make delicious sandwich filling the next day.

You may serve this with a green salad.

This recipe serves 2 people.


  • 1 lb sliced beef, sirloin or rib-eye
  • 3 medium potatoes, cut into thin wedges
  • 1 medium onion, sliced into rings
  • ½ cup calamansi lime or lemon juice
  • 4 Tbsp oil
  • 3 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp ground pepper
  • Salt to taste


  1. Marinate the beef in ¼ cup of the lemon or lime juice for at least an hour. Leave the other half of the juice for cooking.
  2. Heat the oil in a saucepan or wok on low heat. It is not necessary to wash the sauce pan or wok in between cooking the following three items. You may use the same cooking oil for all three ingredients. If the bottom of the sauce pan or wok becomes sticky, use a spatula and gently scrape the stickiness off.
  3. Fry the potatoes until golden brown. Put aside.
  4. Fry the sliced onions until golden brown. Put aside.
  5. Remove the beef from the marinade fry until cooked. The trick is to use a fork and poke through the meat. If blood does not ooze out, it’s done.
  6. Put the potatoes and onions back into the saucepan with the beef, and toss in the rest of the ingredients, adding also the leftover lemon or lime juice.
  7. Give it all a quick stir-fry for about a minute and it’s ready to eat.

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