- 1 lb Beef Sirlointhinly sliced
- 1/2 cup Soy Sauce
- 1/4 cup Calamansi Juiceor lemon juice
- 1/4 cup Brown Sugar
- 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
- 3 cloves Garlicminced
- 1 large Onion
- 2 tbsp Cooking Oil
- 1/2 cup Water
Bistek Tagalog is a classic Filipino dish made with thin slices of beef that are marinated in a savory and tangy mixture of soy sauce and calamansi juice, a citrus fruit native to the Philippines. The beef is then pan-fried and simmered in the marinade until it’s tender and flavorful. The dish is usually served with steamed rice and garnished with caramelized onions. Bistek Tagalog is a popular and easy-to-make dish that’s perfect for any occasion, whether it’s a family dinner or a festive celebration.
In a bowl, combine the soy sauce, calamansi juice, brown sugar, black pepper, and minced garlic. Stir until the sugar is dissolved.
Add the beef slices to the marinade and mix well. Let it marinate for at least 30 minutes or up to 2 hours.
In a pan over medium-high heat, heat the cooking oil. Add the sliced onions and cook until they are caramelized and golden brown. Remove the onions from the pan and set aside.
Using the same pan, remove the beef from the marinade and cook in batches for 2-3 minutes per side, or until browned. Remove the beef from the pan and set aside.
Pour the remaining marinade into the pan and add 1/2 cup water. Bring it to a boil and let it simmer for 5 minutes, or until it thickens into a sauce.
Add the beef slices back into the pan and coat them with the sauce. Simmer for an additional 5-10 minutes, or until the beef is tender and fully cooked.
Transfer the beef and sauce to a serving plate and top it with the caramelized onions.
Serve hot with steamed rice.