Steak for breakfast

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I don’t think there are people who believe and subscribe to that more than Filipinos. We begin our days with hearty breakfasts, and when I say hearty I mean rice, eggs and some type of meat, such longganisa (sweet sausage) or tocino (cured meat), or fish, such as tuyo or tinapa.


This morning, my mom made “swish-swish,” thinly sliced beef steak marinated in lemon juice and soy sauce and then fried very quickly in very hot oil. The dish doesn’t have a real name, but my family calls it “swish-swish” after the sizzling sound it makes when the meat first hits the hot oil. I guess it can be described as bistig or bistik (Filipinonized pronunciation of beef steak) but that particular dish involves a longer cooking time. Anyway, fresh tomatoes and slices of slightly cooked (sometimes I go with uncooked) sweet onions go with this perfectly, as well as steaming hot rice. Good morning!


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