Pork Bistek

Bistek Tagalog is a popular Filipino dish where meat is marinated and simmered in garlic, soy sauce and kalamansi or lemon juice. Pork Bistek is a variant of the Bistek Tagalog using Pork Chops or pork loin. Pork Bistek is served with sauce on top and garnished with fried onions.

Pork Bistek is easy to cook and only few ingredients needed. This Pork Bistek is delicious and the perfect Filipino comfort food. Bistek Tagalog is really Beef Steak but instead of the classic beef version, I used pork loins with this recipe. You can also use fish such as Bangus also known as Bangus ala Pobre or even Tilapia Bistek. 

Pork loin sliced thin like Tapa marinated and simmered in kalamansi or lemon juice, soy sauce and garlic is easy to make and delicious. Taste best when served with steamed rice. See easy to follow step by step direction below and give it a try. Don't forget to check Bistek related recipes below. 


  • 2 lbs pork loin, sliced thin like tapa
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup kalamansi or lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp sugar 
  • 1/2 tsp ground pepper
  • 1 large onion, sliced thin/round
  • 1/4 cup cooking oil

  1. In a deep bowl, combine soy sauce, kalamansi juice, sugar, garlic and ground pepper. Stir well to combine. 
  2. Add sliced pork loins to the soy sauce mixture and mix well to combine. 
  3. Refrigerate and marinate for at least 2 hours. 
  4. Remove pork from the marinade and drain. Set aside remaining marinade.
  5. Heat wok in medium-high heat and add cooking oil. 
  6. Quick fry sliced onion and remove from the wok. Set aside. 
  7. Fry marinated pork by batch in medium-high heat until both side turns golden brown for about 5 minutes. Remove and set aside. 
  8. Using the same pan, pour in remaining pork marinade and water. Bring into a quick boil. 
  9. Add fried pork to the sauce and stir. 
  10. Continue cooking until pork is tender and sauce thickens for about 15 to 20 minutes over medium heat. 
  11. Add fried onions and stir. 
  12. Transfer in a serving dish and serve hot over steamed rice. Enjoy! 

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Bangus ala Pobre

Bistek Tagalog

Pork Chops Bistek

Tilapia Bistek



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