Bistek Tagalog “Filipino Beefsteak” – Guest Post-


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Bistek Tagalog “Filipino Beefsteak” is very popular in the Philippines. Especially on some special occasions, some people make this on daily basis.  However, when I was growing up I eat Bistek Tagalog only on some occasions.  That is because buying beef is pretty expensive, so we don’t often eat meat back when I was living in the Philippines.

Bistek Tagalog “Filipino Beefsteak” is the Filipino version of the Beefsteak that I am sure you all are familiar of.  It is comprised of thinly sliced beef cooked in soy sauce and lemon juice, garnished with caramelized onion rings. Some people have their way of cooking this recipe.  I have seen and taste different version of Beefsteak before and they are both delicious.  However, the ingredients was different, I have seen people add boiled eggs after this is cooked and also sprinkle green onions on the top.

Today I am happy to share you this recipe from one of the Filipina I have meet online through Facebook group.  It’s nice to collaborate with other cooked out there so I can share you all new recipe each week.  Thank you One Love One Kitchen for this guest post.  I hope that you all enjoy this recipe, it doesn’t require a lot of ingredients. However, I can assure you that this is very delicious and definitely worth cooking.

Remember that when cooking beef you don’t have to put your heat into high.  Always cook it in medium to avoid making the beef difficult to eat. Maintaining it into medium heat make make your meat very tender.

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Seoul Restaurant Authentic Korean Food

Lately, I have been craving for some authentic Korean Food. I have asked few our friends on where we can get a authentic Korean food.   However, no one really knows until I asked our other friend.  My husband and I did some research and found the Seoul Restaurant. But before we travel, I asked another friend of mine for a best place to go in Birmingham Alabama for a Korean lunch date. Luckily she pointed us to go to Seoul Restaurant as well.

My husband and I drove to Birmingham for about 1 hour and 30 minutes.  We got loss their for few minutes since it was in a little shopping center.  To make it easier to find, for a lot of people I think they just have to remember that it’s in the shopping center as Aldi.

First, as we walked towards the door. They have it advertise on their door healthy, organic food.  After we got sited our waitress also told us that their food is organic.  The waitress is very friendly and informative as well. The first thing we ordered was their ginseng tea.  Oh my this tea was unbelievable it was warm enough to drink.

After serving our ginseng tea, he then asked us if we want any appetizer.  So go ahead and ordered our appetizer and our main dish.  However, before they serve our appetizer, the man came back pushing his cart with all the starter dish, soup, and bowl of rice. These starer are delicious, my husband favorite was the fried tofu.  I must say he is not big into eating tofu, but he definitely surprised me for eating all of it. Read more

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China House Restaurant

We lived in a small town here in Alabama, however there are so many restaurant who have great food.  My husband along with his friend they always try different restaurant especially when they are working somewhere.   One of the restaurant that my husband like is China House Restaurant.  This restaurant is locally owned by a very nice couple.  The food was amazing during our dinner date, the atmosphere and it was very clean as well.

Our daughter Charlotte ordered the Shrimp Fried Rice.  Yes she is very Asian, anything with rice she will eat it.  However, with the combination of Shrimp and Rice is even better since she love Shrimp.  The shrimp fried rice was really delicious, it’s full of flavor and it wasn’t very oily at all.  It was mixed with some carrots, onions, eggs and some soy sauce.

The next order we made was the Mint Leaves Spicy Garlic Chicken.  I figured since I have not tasted this kind of flavor I thought I will give it a try.  The owner said it’s a little sweet and minty as well.  I am not big into sweet flavor on my meal, however I wanted to try it.  Just is full of some spice and so much flavor.  This was sweet with a touch of spice on it, it was very delicious.  However, my husband and I end-up switching food because I cannot eat all of it.

Moo Goo Gai Pan is definitely a must next time.  This was very delicious, perfect to be on the top of the rice.  The flavor of this is exactly what I like.  The juice is a little bit thicker which makes it even better.  Comes with a lot of vegetables and chicken.

Each time we go out at any Asian Restaurant I always order hot tea.  It’s a very refreshing drink, and you can drink it the entire you are in the restaurant.

Hot and Sour Soup is something that we like to have before our meal.  When my husband told me how good their hot and sour soup, I didn’t hesitate ordering it.  This hot and sour soup is delicious, the thickness is just perfect.

Our experienced at China House Restaurant was amazing, we love our food and the service was amazing.  The prices of their food is very reasonable. Definitely going back there next time.

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Breakfast at Cracker Barrel

Breakfast at Cracker Barrel is what we do every Sunday, especially when I don’t feel like cooking in the morning.  I told my husband that I think we need to take the kids and have a breakfast date with them.  We asked both of the kids where they wanted to go and they both said Cracker Barrel. Cracker Barrel is a very nice place to have breakfast, that is because of the vibes it gives you.  Although sometimes eating at the restaurant can be annoying because of the server.  However, at cracker barrel we always get an awesome server.

We didn’t order a lot of food, my husband already have us figure out.  He always tell us, I don’t have to order a big meal because I know between three girls I will end-up finishing all your food.  Which is true you know because there are times that my step-daughter and  I always order a big meal.  Then add to that our daughter Charlotte.  So at the end of our breakfast he will end-up with half of our meal. Read more

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Shrimp with Garlic

Shrimp is one thing that I enjoy cooking at home.  Shrimp with Garlic is very easy and it’s one of my husband favorite.  Every now and then my husband will request shrimp for dinner.  So I always have shrimps stored in our freezer to be ready.  When I make my shrimp I always just use butter and garlic.  On this recipe I used a lot of garlic, and about ¼ cup of butter.

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Chicken & Bitter Melon

Chicken & Bitter Melon is one recipe that I don think I have made before. My husband he loves eating bitter melon, although I always squeeze most of the juice out of it.  If you don’t squeeze the juice of bitter melon it makes it very bitter.  It a taste that I don’t really like much since I was a kid.  My mom showed me that by soaking the sliced bitter melon with salt you can pretty much squeeze out most of the juice.  So to make it short, each time I cooked bitter melon I always soak it with salt after slicing it.

On this recipe I used the chicken that is cooked already. You can beef on this recipe as well, but we prefer chicken in our house. Using the cooked chicken from the store make this meal even faster .  I was finished within 30 minutes, you can eat this with soft taco or with rice. The ingredients are pretty easy to find except for the bitter melon of course.  You have to go visit your local Asian store and see if they have bitter melon for sell. Most of the Filipino store sell bitter melon.

The Walmart Rotisserie chicken is what I used on this recipe.  I also use red tomatoes and green tomatoes just because I love the combination of the color.

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