"Bistek is a Philippine dish typically made with onions and strips of sirloin beef slowly cooked in soy sauce, and calamansi juice. It is best prepared by marinating the meat first in the mixture of soy sauce or calamansi juice. Bistek is not always made with sirloin beef steaks since pork chops and liver, or even fish fillets, can be used as a substitute. The word "bistek" is derived from the Spanish word Bistec or Beef Steak."- wikipedia.org
* 1 lb beef sirloin or beef round steak, sliced thinly
* 7 tbsp. lemon/calamansi juice; vinegar can be
used as substitute if calamansi isn't available
* 4 tbsp. soy sauce
* 1 tsp. minced garlic
* a dash of salt & freshly ground pepper
* 1/2 cup onion rings
* cooking oil, as needed
* 1/2 cup water
* 1 tbsp. flour
1. Marinate the beef in lemon juice, soy sauce,1/2 tsp. garlic, salt & pepper for 30 minutes to an hour.
2. Heat oil, remove meat from marinade & then fry in batches until seared or browned on both sides.
3. Put 2 tbsp. of oil in frying pan, then saute remaining garlic with onion rings until the latter is translucent.
4. Remove onion rings and set aside.
5. Mix flour well with water for the purpose of thickening the sauce.
6. Pour the marinade & flour-water mix into the pan with the beef. Let it simmer for 8- 10 minutes.
7. Adjust taste by adding soy sauce, calamansi & spices according to taste.
8. Garnish with onion rings when bistek is served.