Filipino Recipe: Pork Bistek

Pork Bistek

Filipinos always love to prepare various dishes in every meal, no matter the occasion. That’s why they make sure to keep a book containing a list of their favorite Filipino recipes. And in these books, there’s one recipe that is never not present—the pork bistek.

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How to Prepare Filipino-Style Pork Bistek

Bistek is the Pinoy adaptation of the Spanish bistec, a flavorful skillet beef steak seasoned with spices and onions. As its name suggests, Filipino bistek must be prepared with beef steak, but the recipe has evolved over the years. Now Filipinos use several other ingredients for added flavor, including calamansi. Some even use pork, which is what this recipe uses. The end result? If not better—a bistek that is as delicious as the classic one.

In making the pork bistek, here are the ingredients you will need.

  • 2 kilograms of pork chops
  • 7 tablespoons of soy sauce
  • 4 tablespoons of cooking oil
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 clove of red onion (sliced crosswise)
  • 5 large calamansi (juiced)
  • Salt and pepper for flavor
  • White sugar
  • pork cube (optional)
  • Chili powder (optional)


  1. Heat the tablespoons of oil in a saucepan. Once heated, pan-fry both sides of the pork chops for approximately 5 minutes, or until their color turns medium brown.
  2. Add the soy sauce and calamansi juice. Then add the white sugar and pour in water. Allow it to boil.
  3. Make sure to do some taste test so you can adjust the sweetness of the pork bistek.
  4. Cover the pan and reduce the heat to simmer. Wait for 50 minutes, or until the pork chops become tender.
  5. Add the crosswise-sliced red onions in, and season with salt and pepper to balance the sharp taste of the onion. Cook for 8 minutes more.
  6. The pork bistek is more enjoyable to eat if the dish has sauce in it. Only if it’s necessary, pour in some water along the process. Also, add seasoning so it wouldn’t taste bland.
  7. You can also add a pork cube if you want to achieve a porkier taste. For the spicy lovers, you can also add some chili powder in it.
  8. Once cooked, transfer the pork bistek to a bowl.

Like any Filipino dishes, pork bistek is best served with hot rice. You can also garnish some bistek sauce on it, which should suffice even without the meat.

And if you fancy learning other pork recipes, you can also try grilled pork belly and pork broth, all made with love and in Filipino style.

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