Bangus Belly Bistek: This Filipino Dish Will Have You Asking For Extra Rice

Bangus Belly Bistek

Prepare to unbutton your pants.

We found the best companion for your heaping bowl of rice – bistek tagalog. For this recipe, we used bangus belly cooked in soy sauce and calamansi juice with onion rings. By replacing beef strips with bangus belly, you can have all the healthy fat along with all its benefits.

Despite its simplicity, this dish perfectly combines the tenderness of bangus with the citrus flavor of calamansi, sweetness of onions, and saltiness of soy sauce. Amid the endless choice of companions for rice, this recipe feels like finding love in a hopeless place (yes, like the pop song).

Bangus Belly Bistek


1 kilo SARANGANI BAY Boneless Milkfish Belly

1/8 cup cooking oil

5 cloves garlic

1 pc large white onion, sliced

1 pc large red onion, sliced

1 pc medium tomato, sliced

¼ cup soy sauce

1 ½ tbsp calamansi juice

1 tsp whole black pepper

1 cup water


Sauté garlic until golden brown.

Add onions, then cook until wilted.

Add tomato and cook until mushy.

Add soy-calamansi mixture and milkfish bellies, one at a time.

Add 1 cup water.

Boil and cover for 2 minutes.

Add pepper.

Reduce and simmer until bellies are cooked firm.