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A specialty of the Tagalog region that has variations throughout the Philippines. Slowly cooked in soy sauce, calamansi, garlic, and onions. This dish is full of flavors that everyone will enjoy!

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Marinate1 hr
Total Time1 hr 55 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Filipino
Keyword: beef steak, beef stew, bistek
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Bebs Lott


  • ½ kilo beef sirloin thinly sliced and pounded
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 red onion cut into rings
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 potato sliced thin like chips
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil
  • ½ cup water


  • Prepare the beef sirloin by cutting into thin slices then pounding with kitchen hammer to tenderize. Set aside.
  • Mix soy sauce, lemon/calamansi, salt and pepper in a bowl. Marinate the beef in the mixture for at least an hour or overnight for best results.
  • Heat the cooking oil in a pan then pan-fry the sliced potatoes. Set aside
  • In the same pan. saute garlic until golden. Add the beef without the marinate sauce and sear both sides of the beef slices.
  • Pour in the marinate sauce and water and half of the onion rings and bring to a simmer until meat is tender. Note: Add water as needed.
  • Taste and adjust seasoning if needed. Transfer in a serving dish and top with the remaining onion rings and fried potatoes then serve. Bon Appetit!