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Pork Steak

In the Philippines, Pork Steak or Pork Bistek which is a variation of Bistek Tagalog, is a favorite way of cooking pork chops. Though "pork steak" refers to the cut from pork shoulder blade roast, this dish doesn't necessarily use pork steaks. Filipinos commonly use pork loin chops but any other parts could be used. The only reason why pork  loin chops are preferred by Filipinos is that pork loin chops sold in the Philippines have fats and skin which add more flavor to the dish.  The dish became known as Pork Steak because it is cooked the same way as the Filipino Beef Steak which is commonly called "Bistek". The pork version then became popular with the name Pork Bistek.

I've loved Pork Bistek all my life. The best thing about this dish is it doesn't require much ingredients. With just soy sauce and kalamansi or lemon, you'll have a scrumptious pork chop dish. If you have onions, it would make it more flavorful. I love it with lots of onions, red and yellow combined.

I have a big bag of green beans in the refrigerator so when I cooked Pork Bistek last Monday, I thought of making green beans side dish. I simply reserved some sauce with onions from the Pork Bistek and simmer the trimmed green beans in it until cooked .

I'm sharing this on These Chicks Cook and What's Cooking Wednesday

  • 6 pcs. pork chops
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • Lemon juice from 2 pcs. lemon
  • 2 medium onions, sliced into rings ( I used one red and 1 yellow)
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

1. Sprinkle pork chops with black pepper. Combine soy sauce and lemon juice in a large bowl. Marinate pork chops in the mixture for at least 1 hour. Drain, saving the marinade.

2. In a large skillet over medium heat, fry marinated pork chops in oil until there's no more red part showing.

3. Remove oil from skillet and pour the marinade and water and let boil. Simmer for 30 minutes or until the pork is tender.
4. Add salt and pepper to suit your taste.
5. Add the onions and cook for 3 more minutes.
6. Remove from heat and transfer to a serving plate.
7. Serve with hot rice.


  1. another favorite!! yummy!

  2. Wow, that looks delicious! Joined via GFC, please visit me back at and follow me too :-)

  3. Great post! The food looks delish! Thanks for sharing.

  4. that looks so darn good right now I want to stop making the cassoulet I have been working on and dig into this recipe! Love the pork- a piece of meat that never goes out of style!

  5. This looks like a nice and simple recipe...:)!! I am not familiar with Filipino-style pork chops, but I am so gonna try it now...;)!

  6. It is amazing that so little ingredient can make a really outstanding dish. Thanks for sharing this lovely recipe.

  7. I love this dish! So easy and very familiar (because of soy sauce?)! I can eat 2 bowls of rice for this pork steak. What a fabulous dinner. YUM!

  8. I love simple, easy, yummy dish esp. with lots and lots of onions! :D
    Tina, I'm going to cook a few of your dishes either this weekend or next Tuesday! I'm so excited! :D
    I'll let you know how they taste! ^.^

  9. i love your version here, Tina! bistek is one of our family's favorite ulam especially if it scales on the sour side because of the calamansi :)

  10. Always looking for new ways to have steak cause we love it.

    Looks delish!

    We'd love for you to share this recipe with us at
    Simply Delish Saturday

  11. Thanks everyone!
    This is a family easy to prepare yet tastes really good!
    @Lyn: Good luck dear! Hope you'll love Filipino food. :)

  12. Yum! I love pork steaks and these look delicious! Mine would have lot of onions too (I am a big fan of onion I think they always make a dish special)! I also like the idea of cooking the green beans in the same sauce, they must have been divine!

  13. Tks Tina! :D
    We decided to have it next week and I think I'll like it coz I'm more adventurous when it comes to try out new foods! Hee.. :P

  14. That pork looks so yummy. Your presentation is just beautiful for your pictures :) Thanks for coming by and sharing your recipe. Have a great weekend, Tina.

  15. hey tina, i made this dish the other night and it tasted soooo good! Jeff and Andrew liked it! it made me miss my moms cooking! btw, im going to cook chicken afritada tonight..wish me luck!! xx

  16. Hi guys, i have tryed this recipe. Its too good. i would strongly recommend to u all.

    Check this recipe too ..... Pork Chop Recipe