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Bifsteak Tagalog

The very first Filipino dish I made for Josh was Bifsteak Tagalog. I decided to make this dish because I never really cooked before, this is one of my favorite dishes my mom would cook and it is really easy to cook. Cooking this dish made me realize how much I actually like cooking and that was the time I wanted to start learn about cooking. Cooking to me for the most part is relaxing especially when I start playing music while in the kitchen. Bifsteak Tagalog is a variation of Bisteak Ala Pobre (Poorman’s Steak). Most people cook the onions until they are soft, but the way to have our onions is crunchy, so I just add the onion rings on top after the meat and sauce is done cooking. The steam from when the pan is covered then cooks the onion. After I made this for Josh, it became one of his favorite Filipino dishes not just because the flavor but because of the sentimental value of it being the first Filipino dish I made him. It has been a long time since I made it and tonight I finally was able to cook it up for him which made him very excited to come home to.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Servings: 4


  • 1 tsp oil

  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic

  • 1 lb top sirloin, sliced in 1/8 inch strips

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce

  • 1 medium sized lemon, squeezed juice

  • 1/4 cup water

  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper

  • 1/2 onion, cut into rings


  1. Heat oil in a medium pan over medium-high heat. Saute garlic and add meats. Cook for 5 minutes until meat is browned. Drain water and return to heat.

  2. Add soy sauce, lemon juice, water & ground black pepper. Bring to boil. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes.

  3. Stir the meat. Top with onion rings. Cover and simmer for 5 minutes.

  4. Serve with over warm rice. and your favorite side dish – ours is Spicy Garlic Bok ChoyΒ Optional: Drizzle Siracha for a little bit of heat.

11 thoughts on “Bifsteak Tagalog”

  1. I’ve never tried a Filipino dish before. Thanks for sharing this recipe it looks delicious & like something I could manage to prepare.

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