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For some reason bistek is commonly known as the Philippine version of the western-style beef steak. As for me I couldn’t find any similarity unless of course other people’s bistek is different from what I learnt from my folks. Nevertheless I love this dish – saucy, tangy what with the kalamansi flavor and oh so appetizing I couldn’t stop getting myself few more cups of extra rice to go with it.

The good thing about this Pinoy steak is that you don’t have to buy the most expensive parts like those from the loin. Not everyone can afford it anyway so the much less expensive and less tender but usually more flavorful are just fine. Cut the beef thinly and always remember to pound each slice lightly with the back of a kitchen knife to tenderize, and of course a little over than just few minutes of cooking time. It’s also a famous carinderia recipe.

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I am not a professional cook. My only claim to having a culinary background is a short stint as my dad’s teen ‘sous chef’ in his carinderia ages ago. Dad ran small eateries since I was a young kid - serving standard ‘turo-turo’ food ranging from the likes of menudo, adobo, pritong isda, dinuguan, binagoongan, bopis, munggo, pinakbet and giniling to merienda fares like goto, ginataan, pancit bihon, halu-halo and saging con yelo.

My father, a farmer in his hometown before working his way to becoming an accountant, definitely influenced my cooking in a lot of ways than I thought. My siblings and I were raised in a backyard full of fruit trees and vegetable garden. We spent weekends and the summer breaks running around with ducks, chickens, goats and pigs. I had wonderful memories of gathering eggs, butchering chickens, selling vegetables and the sweet aroma of preserved fruits. But my love for art led me to a degree in Architecture. Just few months after getting my license, I went abroad and lived independently at age 23. Definitely no maid, no cook, and a totally different food culture. Along the way I met lots of friends and spent what seemed a lifetime learning new tricks and recipes.

Now living in Auckland, I am a work-from-home mum who juggles time between work, fun and family - in pursuit of work-life balance. No matter how busy I am, I love the idea of cooking for my family. My blog chronicles home cooking greatly influenced by life outside my home country from Southeast Asia to Beijing and Auckland. And most of the time, being busy also means easy (sometimes quick), affordable meals.

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