When buying the beef, choose the meat with a little tendon. Cut the beef into bite size pieces.
On a heavy skillet heat oil and stir fry the beef for a few minutes until it turns light brown. Set aside.
On the skillet where you fry the beef, remove excess oil and retain at least 1 tablespoon.
Saute garlic and onion until cooked and add the water, lemon juice or calamansi juice, soy sauce, pepper, tomato sauce, laurel leaves, salt and the beef.
Simmer in low fire until the meat is tender. Then add the potatoes and carrots.
Simmer for a few minutes until the potatoes and carrots are cooked.
Tip: it is better to simmer the beef in low fire so the meat will release it's flavor.