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.
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.