Guest Post : Ray from Wok with Ray featuring Bistek
Every Mondays and Fridays of June and July we will be featuring some my favourite food bloggers for the first time here at Ang Sarap. These bloggers are exceptional and served as a big influence of what is Ang Sarap now, so please do visit and follow every one of them (if you haven’t yet) and I will assure you that you won’t be disappointed.
Today we will be featuring Ray from Wok with Ray.
Ray a fellow Filipino is one of my blogging mentors, I learned a lot from his blog more specifically his photography techniques, this guy can make a simple dish really stand out and that’s what I adore from him. He also posts a lot of Filipino dishes so his site is also a very good place to learn the Filipino cuisine. I am sure that the recipes he post in his blog are all delicious as these are the dishes you also see in his catering menu (yes he is doing some catering), just look at the testimonials of his clients. So if you are in Santa Clarita, San Fernando or Los Angeles area and will have a party soon why not try some Filipino dishes made by Ray all you need is place an order (details in his site) and they do deliver.
So what are you waiting for plan for your next party and think about getting your feed from Ray but before that lets all welcome Ray.
Hello everyone, my name is Ray; the guy writing and cooking or cooking and writing. Well, what I mean to say is I’m the guy cooking, eating, and then writing on the ‘Wok with Ray’ blog. I do get confused once-in-a-while, so my apologies. When Raymund asked me if I would be interested to guest on “Ang Sarap”, I said to myself – “Yesss, all of those nice comments are finally paying off.” 🙂 Okay, okay I’m just kidding. Seriously, when I received the invitation email from him, I was floored knowing that one of the hardest working food bloggers that I’ve known was inviting me to guest post on “Ang Sarap”, which I consider a very popular blog. So thank you, Raymund. I am very honored for the invitation and equally honored to be here and cooking with your great friends and readers!
What we will be cooking today is a dish many Filipinos call “Bistek.” The word Bistek came from the Spanish word “Bistec” which translates to Beef Steak or Beefsteak in English. So, why did we use Bistek instead of Bistec? I guess the most logical explanation that I can come up with is that Filipino alphabets do not contain the letter “c.”
I consider bistek to be one of the easiest beef recipes in Filipino cooking. Traditionally, it is cooked and served with lots of sauce. However, I am staying away from that tradition by making it more of a stir fry; hence, making this dish even easier and quicker to prep. Well, what is the use of promoting the words quick and easy if I will keep yapping here? So I think we should start cooking.
- 1¾ lbs. (794 grams) of thinly sliced sirloin steak - cut into 1 inch strips
- 1 small red or yellow onion - slice into wedges
- 1 medium potato - cut into French fries strips
- ½ cup vegetable oil
- 3 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 3 Tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon ground pepper
- 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 2 Tablespoon oyster sauce
- 2 Tablespoon cornstarch
- 2 Tablespoon vegetable oil
- In a bowl, combine all the marinade ingredients and then stir until cornstarch is fully dissolved.
- Add beef and mix until fully coated.
- Transfer marinated beef in a Ziploc bag, seal, then refrigerate for at least 24 hours.
- Take marinated beef out of the refrigerator into a plate to room temperature half hour prior to cooking.
- Place a small or medium fryer over medium-high heat.
- Add ½ cup vegetable oil.
- When the oil is hot, add potatoes and then fry until golden brown and crunchy then set aside in a strainer.
- Place wok over high heat.
- Add 1 tablespoon of potato leftover oil.
- When the oil is hot, add onions and then stir fry for 20 seconds.
- Remove onions from wok and set aside.
- Add another 1 tablespoon of potato leftover oil.
- Swirl oil around the wok to coat.
- When the oil is hot, add marinated beef.
- Stir fry the beef until seared or for about 3 minutes.
- Return onion and stir fry for another 20 seconds.
- Add cooked potatoes and stir fry for another 10 seconds.
- Serve immediately with rice.