Filipino Poorman's Steak (Bistek a La Pobre)

READY IN: 35mins


  • 12
    kg thinly sliced sirloin steak
  • 2
    tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2
    teaspoons sugar (reserve half for later)
  • 3
    garlic cloves, pounded
  • 1
    teaspoon fish sauce
  • 2
    tablespoons lemon juice (calamansi, or filipino lime works best)
  • 1
    teaspoon oil
  • 1
    large white onion, sliced in thick rings (you can substitute this with chopped spring onions)
  • 3
    tablespoons oil (for stir-frying)


  • Pat the beef dry.
  • Marinate beef in soy sauce,1 teaspoon of sugar, lemon juice, fish sauce,garlic, pepper and oil (to lock the moisture in meat) for 30 minutes to an hour.
  • Put the pan in high heat, heat oil till smoking hot and stir-fry beef along with the marinade until cooked and tender. This takes about 5 minutes.
  • Add the remaining 1 teaspoon of sugar and onion rings, sautee until translucent and slightly caramelized. Serve immediately.