Bistek Tagalog

A delicious beef steak dish that doesn’t require a lot of ingredients, and with very little preparation, as well.

Bistek Tagalog, a specialty of the Tagalog region, is typically topped with onions and the strips of sirloin beef slowly cooked in soy sauce and vinegar. It is known in the Spanish-speaking world as bistec encebollado or bistec tagalo. It is usually Anglicized in Philippine English as “beefsteak.”

Source: (Excerpt) Wikipedia


  • 1 Lb. beef sirloin, thinly sliced
  • ¼ C soy sauce, (preferably Filipino brands such as Datu Puti, Silver Swan, Lauriat, or Marca Piña).
  • 1 t vinegar (preferably Filipino brand such as Datu Puti or the like)
  • 1 piece lemon (or 3 pieces calamansi)
  • ½ t ground black pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 large yellow onion, sliced into rings
  • 3 T cooking oil (I personally use olive oil)
  • salt to taste

Recipe Preparation:

  1. Heat the cooking oil in a pan, then add-in the garlic and sauté for a few minutes. Add-in the onion rings until the texture becomes soft.
  2. Pour-in the soy sauce and cook for another 2 minutes. Drizzle-in one whole lemon. Set aside.
  3. In a separate pan, fry the beef until color turns brown (Just about 2-3 minutes for each side, for a medium-rare texture). Add freshly ground black pepper to taste.
  4. Pour-in the soy sauce/onion marinade onto the beef, and bring to a quick simmer.

Serve over rice.