January 30th, 2014

Beef Steak: Bistec or Bistek?

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We’re always looking for different ways to enjoy our shaved meats, so this week we have two recipes for beef steak: Mexican Beef Steak & Filipino Beef Steak.

  • Bistec a la Mexicana (Mexican Beef Steak) is a popular dish all over Mexico with a range of variations. It is generally cooked with tomatoes, green chilies, and white onions to represent the colors of the Mexican flag.
  • Bistek Tagalog (Filipino Beef Steak) is a common Filipino dish made with onions and beef strips cooked in soy sauce and calamansi juice. Calamansi is a citrus fruit that is widely grown and found in the Phillippines. Chances of finding it at the local grocery store are slim, so will be using lime juice in place of calamansi juice.

Our Beef Shaved Steak is perfect for both of these recipes because our beef steak is already shaved thin. There is no need to deal with cutting thin strips of beef on your own or asking a local butcher to do so. 

 

Bistec a la Mexicana (Mexican Beef Steak) (recipe page can be found here)

Ingredients:

BMingred• 1 pkg of Old Neighborhood Beef Shaved Steak
• 1 tsp. salt
• 1 tsp. garlic powder
• 1 medium white onion, sliced in rings
• 2 serrano chilies, sliced (jalapenos can be used if there are no serranos)
• 2 large tomatoes, sliced
• ½ tsp. cumin
• 2 tbsp. olive oil
• ¼ cup water
• salt and black pepper, to taste
• cilantro, for garnish

Directions:
BMbeef1. Season the beef shaved steak with 1 tsp. each of salt and garlic powder.
2. Heat a skillet over high heat on the stove. Add 1 tbsp. of olive oil to the heated skillet.
3. Add in the package of beef shaved steak. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
4. Remove the beef shaved steak from the skillet and set aside.
5. Using the same skillet, add 1 tbsp. of olive oil and toss in the white onion rings. Cook for about 2-3 minutes, until browned.

BMonions
BMtomatoes6. Add the tomato slices and the chilies to the skillet. Add 1 tsp. cumin. Add salt and pepper to taste. Cook for another 2 minutes on medium low heat.
7. Add water and simmer for about 2 minutes.
8. Return the beef shaved steak to the skillet. Cook for another minute or so.
9. Remove the skillet from heat.
10. Garnish with cilantro. Serve hot with tortillas or rice.

Bistec a la Mexicana (Mexican Beef Steak) • Old Neighborhood Foods

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Bistek Tagalog (Filipino Beef Steak) (recipe page can be found here)

Ingredients:
• 1 package of Old Neighborhood Beef Shaved Steak
• 4 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
• 1 large red onion, sliced in rings
• 1/2 cup soy sauce
• 1/3 cup fresh lime juice
• 2 tsp sugar
• chives, for garnish
• 2 tbsp. olive oil
• water (optional)
 
Directions:
BTonion1. In a bowl, combine the soy sauce, lime juice, and sugar.
2. Marinate with the beef shaved steak for 30 minutes.
3. Heat a skillet over medium high on the stove. Add 2 tbsp. of oil to the heated skillet.
4. Add half of the red onion rings. Cook for about 2 minutes.
5. Add the marinated beef shaved steak and the marinade to the skillet. Cook for about 5 minutes.
BTbeef
BTonions6. Add the remaining red onion rings. Cook for 1 minute more.
7. Give it a little taste. If it is too salty for you, you can add a bit of water. For reference, I added about 2 tbsp. of water and cooked for another minute.
8. Remove from heat.
9. Garnish with chives, and serve hot with steamed rice.

Bistek Tagalog (Filipino Beef Steak) • Old Neighborhood Foods

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