Bistek is a Filipino classic: a simple braise of sliced beef, onions, soy sauce and calamansi (a native citrus that’s somewhere between lime and mandarin).
It’s done in two ways at Kasama. A version of Tim’s mom’s classic bistek is on the daytime menu, but it uses Wagyu instead of more traditional braising cuts. This bistek is served with rice and eggs, making for a substantial and satisfying brunch with a touch of Wagyu luxury. The nighttime degustation features a , this time made with Wagyu striploin cubes and plated with elegant restraint.
“We take a humble dish of beef and onions and elevate it so people have a fine dining experience,” says Tim. “By using different ingredients such as Wagyu we can execute at a higher level without overcomplicating the flavours. They have the same soul though. We always reference traditional dishes and keep the same seasoning and basic technique.”
3 onions, sliced in thick rounds
900g (2lb) Westholme short rib, sliced
1 cup calamansi juice
1 cup soy sauce
Fried rice, to serve
Fried eggs, to serve
Achara pickles, to serve
Brown onions in a pan.
Once onions are caramelised, remove most of them from the pan and reserve for later.
Brown sliced beef then add soy sauce and calamansi juice.
Place a lid over pan and simmer until beef is tender, about 45 minutes.
Add reserved onions back into the pan.
Serve braised beef with fried rice, fried eggs and achara.
“By using different ingredients such as Wagyu we can execute at a higher level without overcomplicating the flavours.”