Pork Bistek

Bistek Tagalog is a very popular Filipino dish where meat is marinated for few hours in soy sauce-kalamansi juice or vinegar mixture and simmered until meat is tender. It is usually served with sauce and garnished with fried onions. The Pork Bistek is a variant of the Bistek Tagalog using lean cuts of pork or pork chops.

Pork Bistek is a favorite dish of Filipinos that is super delicious, easy to make and taste best with hot steamed rice. With this recipe, I used thin cut pork chops but you can use pork shoulder or any cut of pork in this recipe and just adjust the cooking time.

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Pork Bistek is a perfect comfort food anytime of the day! Try adding fried potatoes before serving, for sure your family will love it! This recipe is also kids friendly. My kids loves the sauce mixed with steamed white rice.

Here is the step by step instruction on how to make a delicious Pork Bistek at home. Check the easy to follow video above. 

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  • 2 lbs (1/2 inch) thin pork chops
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup calamansi juice or vinegar
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sugar (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp ground pepper
  • 2 bay leaves (optional)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 tbsp cooking oil
  • 1 large onion, sliced thin/rings
  • 8-10 cloves of garlic, chopped

    1. In a wide container, combine soy sauce, calamansi juice (start with 1/4 cup of calamansi juice if you don't want it too sour. Add more if needed), sugar, ground pepper and bay leaves. Add pork chops and stir to combine. Marinate for at least 2 hours. 
    2. Heat pan and add cooking oil. Add onions and fry until light brown. Remove and set aside. 
    3. Using the same pan, add chopped garlic and cook until light brown for about a minute. Remove some and set aside for garnishing. 
    4. Using the same pan, add marinated pork chops and cook until light brown on both side. 
    5. Pour-in remaining marinade and water. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes or until meat is fully tender and sauce starts to thickens. 
    6. Top with fried onions and browned garlic. Transfer in a serving dish and serve warm with steamed rice. Enjoy! 

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