Bistek Tagalog (Filipino Beef Steak) Sandwich
I love to think of non-traditional ways to serve Filipino food. This is one of those, a creative way of serving Bistek or Filipino Beef Steak which is usually eaten with rice. I got the idea from the Vietnamese Banh Mi and just knew this would work. Using a baguette would be ideal since this would hold up the fillings and give that perfect crisp crust but you can always use hoagie rolls.
I made the meat filling by using the traditional recipe that my family has been using for Bistek. In a container place 1 lb of thinly sliced beef (I used a package of thinly sliced ribeye used for bulgogi), 1/4 cup soy sauce (use Filipino brand soy sauce for best results), the juice of one lemon, generous sprinkling of ground black pepper and a dash of worcestershire sauce. Let this marinate for one hour or more.
Next heat up a pan and add some oil, then fry some thinly sliced onion rings until just brown around the edges but still crisp and set this aside. In the same pan, add some more oil and fry your marinated pieces of meat until brown on both sides. Fry your meat in batches if necessary. Place back into the pan all your cooked meat and your leftover marinade. This may sound unpleasant but this is what my family has been doing. You can however make the sauce by mixing 1/4 cup soy sauce, juice of half a lemon and 1/4 cup water. Let this come to a gentle boil then add in your fried onions and cook until just heated through. You can adjust the taste by adding more soy sauce or lemon juice to your sauce.
To assemble, slice your baguette in half and arrange some greens and cucumbers on the bottom half then a generous amount of bistek last. Serve hot. P.S. You can also add some cilantro and atchara in addition to the veggies I used.