With the support and ingenuity of B, we tried cooking bistek using tamarind paste in replacement of kalamansi and guess what? It was perfect! Since tamarind paste (store brought) is quite consistent with it sourness, making this dish again and again is a breeze!
Pork Steak in Tamarind Sauce
3 pcs pork, steak cut
3 Tbsp tamarind paste
1 and 1/2 tsp rock salt
2 Tbsp soy sauce
3 medium white onion, cut lengthwise
4 Tbsp butter
1 Tbsp brown sugar
1 1/2 cup water
in a bowl, combine tamarind paste, 1 tsp salt and soy sauce. Rub each pork steak with the mixture and marinate for not less than 30 minutes.
Heat butter in a skillet and caramelized onion until soft. Set aside leaving as much oil in the pan as possible.
Using the same pan (where you caramelized the onion), braise pork about two minutes each side.
If using a small pan, set aside braised pork but if all pieces can fit your skillet, leave it. Add water, salt, sugar and half of caramelized onion.
Simmer for 20 minutes or until liquid is reduced and pork is tender.
Serve in a shallow place with the sauce topped with the remaining onion.
This is best served with rice, steaming white rice *wink*
Try this sometime, will you?