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How to Cook Bistek Kapampangan (Quick and Easy)

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Beef Recipe
Cuisine: Filipino
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Manny


  • 1/2 kilo beef sirloin or tenderloin slightly frozen
  • 1 tsp. meat tenderizer
  • 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/8 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp. rock salt
  • 1 large white onion sliced into rings

For the sauce:

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. calamansi juice or lemon juice
  • 1 cup water
  • sugar to taste


    How to cook Bistek Kapampangan:

    • Prepare the beef by slicing across the grain about half an inch thick. Then lay a food grade plastic or wax paper on a clean table and put the beef and distribute it evenly.
    • Cover with another sheet of wax paper and pound with a meat mallet to tenderize. Take note that you need to thaw the meat first before pounding because it will crumble to pieces when you pound it still frozen.
    • Then season the meat with Worcestershire sauce, pepper, salt and sprinkle with meat tenderizer. Let it stand for 30 minutes in a refrigerator before cooking.
    • Heat skillet with about an inch deep of cooking oil and lightly fry the meat quickly for 5 to 10 seconds on each side. Then put in a platter after each of the meat pieces is cooked. The best method is cooking batches at least 2 pieces of meat on each frying.
    • Using the same pan with the cooking oil, saute the onions until wilted or softened. Then remove from the pan and top the beef with the onions.
    • In the same pan again, pour soy sauce, calamansi juice, sugar and water. Bring to a boil and stir the mixture to remove the fond from the pan. Then cook the sauce for a minute then pour it on top of the cooked beef and onions. Then serve hot with lots of steaming cooked rice.