The pork bistek is a variant of the Bistek Tagalog, or a sauced lean beef dish with calamansi or lemon juice and soy sauce.
Bistec, spelled with a c rather than k, actually means Steak in Spanish.
Lean cuts of pork sliced thinly is marinated in a tangy and salty mixture of lemon juice and soy sauce.
And just in the Beef bistek, onions cut into rings and used as topping.
The tangy taste depends on how long it has been marinating in the lemon/soy sauce mixture.
YOUR FILIPINO BEEF STEAK SHOPPING LIST:
IN THE PANTRY:
1 Mix the lemon juice and soy sauce. Marinate the pork for 30 minutes inside the refrigerator.
2 When ready, wring out the excess liquid and set aside.
3 Heat up the oil in the pan and fry the onions for 2 minutes, it should be half-cooked and not translucent. Remove the onions, and set aside, leaving the oil in the pan.
4 Pan-fry the pork in batches, cooking it for about 2-3 minutes per side. Once they are all done, add in the marinade, water and ground pepper.
5 Let it simmer for 20 - 30 minutes or until the pork is tender. Add enough water so it won't dry out.
6 Serve with the onions on top like garnish. Perfect with a plate of hot white rice.
(Learn more about COOKING RICE, THE FILIPINO WAY.)