For the Pork:
- 1 pound boneless pork chops, about ½ inch thick
- 1/2 large yellow onion, peeled and sliced into ½ “ rings
- 3 tablespoons neutral oil
- salt to taste
- ⅓ cup calamansi or fresh lemon juice, white vinegar, or a combination
- ¼ cup soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 6 large cloves garlic, smashed
- ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
Garlic Fried Rice:
- 3 cups cold leftover rice
- 3 Tablespoons neutral oil
- 6 cloves large garlic minced
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- Fresh ground black pepper to taste
Make the Pork Bistek:
- In a large bowl, combine the calamansi juice, soy sauce, sugar, garlic, and ground black pepper. Stir until the sugar is dissolved.
- Cut the pork chops in half and then add the pork to the marinade, making sure that the chops are evenly basted with the marinade. Marinate for about 30 minutes.
- Place the chops on a couple sheets of paper towels to dry. Reserve the marinade. Set aside.
- Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat for several minutes then add 2 tablespoons of the oil. Add pork chops and cook for about 1-2 minutes per side or until lightly browned (the meat will still be raw in the middle which is fine). Transfer the chops to a plate.
- Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil to the pan and add the onions. Stir fry for approximately 2-3 minutes over medium heat, then add the reserved marinade.
- Simmer the onions for 3-4 minutes until the onions have cooked and the sauce slightly reduced.
- Return the chops to the pan and cover with a lid. Cook for another couple of minutes. Turn the heat off and leave the pan covered while you make the garlic fried rice.
Make the Garlic Fried Rice:
- Separate the rice with wet hands, crumbling it gently, so that you don’t have any large clumps.
- Heat a wok, wok pan, or large heavy skillet over high heat for several minutes until very hot and smoking.
- Add the oil and the garlic. Swirl the garlic in the oil for just a second until lightly golden.
- Add the rice and stir fry for several minutes, pressing the rice into the sides of the pan to sear it and then scraping it off and mixing it back in. It may stick to the sides of the pan at first, but it will become less sticky as it cooks.
- Add the salt and pepper and continue stir frying for another minute. Taste the rice and adjust seasoning as needed.
- Transfer the garlic rice to a platter and plate the pork and onions separately. Serve both dishes together.
Keywords: pork, pork chops, bistek, filipino. rice. comfort foods.