Guest Post : Ray from Wok with Ray featuring Bistek

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.”


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.

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  • Author: Ray from Wok with Ray




  • 1 3/4 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
  • 1/2 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


  1. In a bowl, combine all the marinade ingredients and then stir until cornstarch is fully dissolved.
  2. Add beef and mix until fully coated.
  3. Transfer marinated beef in a Ziploc bag, seal, then refrigerate for at least 24 hours.
  4. Take marinated beef out of the refrigerator into a plate to room temperature half hour prior to cooking.
  5. Place a small or medium fryer over medium-high heat.
  6. Add 1/2 cup vegetable oil.
  7. When the oil is hot, add potatoes and then fry until golden brown and crunchy then set aside in a strainer.
  8. Place wok over high heat.
  9. Add 1 tablespoon of potato leftover oil.
  10. When the oil is hot, add onions and then stir fry for 20 seconds.
  11. Remove onions from wok and set aside.
  12. Add another 1 tablespoon of potato leftover oil.
  13. Swirl oil around the wok to coat.
  14. When the oil is hot, add marinated beef.
  15. Stir fry the beef until seared or for about 3 minutes.
  16. Return onion and stir fry for another 20 seconds.
  17. Add cooked potatoes and stir fry for another 10 seconds.
  18. Serve immediately with rice.
  19. ENJOY!



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  1. Nami | Just One Cookbook says:

    LOL! Ray, you are too funny (about “all the nice comments finally paid off” comment). It crack me up. You two are my favorite Filipino bloggers I follow religiously from wayyyy back then. And you two are BOTH very popular! So happy to see you two together (not in a wrong way). I’m going to make this! Ray, another perfect “brown food” shot. You just know how to take the best Asian food.

  2. Tessa says:

    Simply beautiful! Perfect dish for one of my busy weeknights.

  3. Wow, Raymund! Thank you for a very nice introduction of me and thank you so much for the opportunity and the privilege! This is truly an honor for me not only to be invited here at “Ang Sarap” but also to meet your amazing readers, and friends.

  4. I gotta try your recipe, as I’m always on the look out for the perfect Bistek formula! Heehee. My father-in-law cooks a real mean one, but he is the type to cook without a recipe…just by “timpla” or “feel” – so he can’t give me exact measurements or proportions. I mean, I know cooking has a lot to do with instincts as it is skills, but I always like to start off with a recipe! Anyway, enough blabber and glad to meet you, Ray! I’m a Filipino food blogger from Toronto, so too bad, I’m not able to taste your Filipino food! We need some awesome Filipino food here in Toronto…ours here are just alright, nothing too “wow!” Will visit your blog soon, Ray 🙂 Thanks for featuring, Raymund!

  5. foodyrach says:

    Love that you’re switching things up. It’s always nice to get a new perspective here and there. I do a stir fry at least once a week, so I’m excited to try this one on an upcoming weeknight.

  6. This is a great classic and your time saving form of preparation does intrigue. We all could use some more time! I do not have Filipino food as often as I would like to, I do need to make an effort to incorporate different cuisines into the diet. Also, this blog looks like just the place to find all the different cuisines. Both of you enjoy the weekend!

  7. I always love whatever Ray is cooking and eating and writing about! This dish is no exception – it looks amazing!!

  8. This is a dish even my picky teenagers would enjoy and it is quite simple. Thanks for sharing Ray and nice to meet you Raymond from Ang Looking forward to reading other yummy recipes! Take Care, BAM

  9. so many guest posts now.. that proves your popularity as a cook blog..:)
    bistek looks great…

  10. I don’t know this blogger but I want to! This is a great recipe and I will definitely be cooking this. It seems easy enough and very tasty xx

  11. So the nice comments do eventually pay off 🙂
    Ray is a very talented and dedicated blogger and I love every single recipe he posts 🙂

  12. Kristy says:

    This is delicious looking! I haven’t ever used steak in a stir fry before and I have no idea why. I’m definitely keeping this one in mind the next time we grab some steak. 🙂 Great guest post!

  13. Looks like it is done perfectly, I could just grab those onions right off my screen!

  14. Aileen says:

    Aaaah, that ‘bistek’ brings back memories. A lot of memories! I live alone now so my mom hasn’t really been doing the cooking for me–and I just miss her homemade bistek! I guess I should try this one out; maybe I can get all nostalgic with it :>

  15. Funny post! And good recipe. I love marinating meat – it adds such great flavor. And by definition you’re preparing most of the meal ahead of time, so it’s convenient – when you’re ready to cook, all the hard work is done. Good stjuff- thanks.

  16. mjskit says:

    What a great post you two! You can tell that you are good friends and two of kind! Love the bistek! I’ve never had it, but definitely would love it. Looks delicious!

  17. foodjaunts says:

    My husband (unsurprisingly) loves bistek. Great simplified (but still tasty) version!

  18. What a funny post ! Great dish Ray !

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