Tuesday 30 August 2011


This dish is a very classic Filipino dish called Bistek Tagalog but otherwise known in my town as tinoyoan which simply means cooked with soy sauce. 

A lot of local dishes have names derived from the main ingredients they are cooked with. There is no guesswork needed to know what goes in pininyahan (cooked with  pineapple), pinapayahan (cooked with green papayas) or sinampalukan (cooked with tamarind). 

Bistek is the Filipino spelling for the Spanish word bistec which means beefsteak. It is a very simple dish but well loved because it goes so well with rice. The very basic recipe  calls for dark soy sauce and calamansi or calamondin (Philippine lime) with sauteed onions as topping. I used lime instead of calamansi  because we don't have that here in London. A few added extras made it extra delicious and resulted to dinner being a happy meal. 


1 kg. sliced beef rump
2 tbsps. light soy sauce
1 tbsp. dark soy sauce
1 tbsp. worcestershire sauce
1 cup of cola
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
rind and juice of 1 lime
1 tbsp. brown sugar
2 tbsps. cooking oil
2 tbsps. butter
2 cloves of garlic, chopped
2 medium onions, sliced into rings
2 stalks of Continental spring onions


Marinate the beef in a mixture of the soy sauces, worcestershire sauce, cola, lime and black pepper for at least 30 minutes. 

Transfer to a saucepan, bring to a boil and simmer until the beef is tender. 

Take the beef out of the sauce, reserving the sauce for later. 

Pan fry the beef in the cooking oil on medium high heat until browned. Take the beef out and set aside.

In the same pan, add the brown sugar and stir until melted. Add the reserved sauce, bring to a boil and simmer until reduced. Add in the beef and simmer for 2 minutes. 

Transfer to a serving dish. 

In a clean pan, saute the garlic in butter for 1 minute. Add the onions and spring onions and fry for 2 minutes. Top the beef with this mixture.

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  1. hi adora :) your versions of favorite filipino dishes never fail to make me drool. i love your bistek tagalog here and i'm thinking of giving the sauce a try on bangus belly on my off-cohen diet days :)

  2. This looks so succulent and delicious:)

  3. Jan, your comment just made me drool. Love bangus belly but don't get to eat it here. My Mum used to make tinoyoang bangus and I just love it.

  4. Adora, seeing your bistek photos made me faint with desire...the desire to gobble this whole dish up with a big plate of rice! Oh my goodness, this beefsteak looks so good,, I feel like running to my kitchen now and replicating it. Except that I don't really know how to cook red meat and it probably won't come out as perfectly as yours here :-).

  5. Oh Adora, lovely bistek version! All I got to say is "pls. pass the rice!" *perfect combination*

  6. Oh yummy! This bistek looks amazing - might have to make it for my mom soon =)

  7. Gorgeous photos and presentation as always! I absolutely love reading your posts and drooling over your photos. The beef looks so succulent and tasty, Mmmm :)

  8. What a tasty plate of well seasoned beef-its making me hungry. Glad you posted this one.

  9. I love all the lovely flavors you put into this dish. If I could only have this plate with some plain white rice I would’ve been happy. Funny how you call it bistek. In Vietnamese we call it bo bi-tet. All similar words for the same meat.

  10. This looks so good, well seasoned and juicy.

  11. Looks so yummy! I love bistek Tagalog, hmmm which reminds me how much I miss it!

  12. Your Bistek Tagalog looks stunning, Adora! I remember this was the 3rd recipe I posted on my blog --- definitely my fam's favorite!

  13. This looks absolutely delicious!

  14. What an incredible dish, and you made it to the perfection, Adora! Love your tasty photo! Very very delicious looking!

  15. I have heard of this dish and have been meaning to try my hand at Filipino cooking for some time. If this doesn't inspire me to do it, I don't know what will!!!

  16. Hm I've never heard of this, but we can tell how delicious this is from the picture. There are so many Filipino dishes that I don't know of!


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