Bistek Bento…with eyes!

When it comes to cooking, one of my weak points is Filipino food. Not all Filipino food, but a lot of them. Mostly, these are the dishes that my mom cooks, so I never get the chance to cook them. So while I can cook some pretty intricate dishes, I have a hard time with basics like adobo and bistek.


Bento #224 • 13 November 2008

Still, you can’t say I don’t try. For the first time, instead of preparing a bistek Tagalog bento with leftovers, I actually had a freshly cooked one. Granted, it’s not as good as my mother’s, but hey, it’s a start, right? This one was cooked with soy sauce, lemon juice and lots of onions. Not yet perfect, but I’m sure I’ll get there someday.

I packed my bistek on top of some rice. To go with it, I also prepared some veggies: sauteed bean sprouts and steamed okra. For a quick touch of whimsy, I split one quail egg in half, then dotted them with circles punched out of nori to turn them into eyes.

Someday, I shall master you, bistek! But in the meantime, I shall pester my mother to cook some more.

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11 Responses to Bistek Bento…with eyes!

  1. Tony Lou says:

    at least it looks good. ^_^ and i’m sure it tastes good, too.

  2. peachkins says:

    it looks sooo good….

  3. nina says:

    Oooh! Bento from the future! 😛

  4. toni says:

    Cute eggy eyes! And hmmm, okra with bistek does sound good!

  5. kaoko says:

    Pretty okay but my mom’s is still better :(

    @nina & suzanne
    I come from the future…. (*runs to edit*)

    Need to up my veggie intake! fiber!

  6. FFichiban says:

    MMmmm that does look really good and the eggs are cute ^^!

  7. Rui says:

    I remember having that when I was young, it was simply divine (prepared by my Dad’s girlfriend). I wish I could have it again *sigh*

    How about a recipe? 😀

  8. kaoko says:

    Thank you, FFichiban! 😀

    I haven’t perfected the recipe yet, while my mom doesn’t go with any recipes—she just wings it all. I’ll post a version as soon as I’m satisfied though 😀 (Or maybe I can just get my mom to cook next time I meet up with you guys—I’m hoping to go back later this year_

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