Tommy T. Posted February 22 Posted February 22 After almost 7 years here in Philippines, I have finally found decent steak cuts... My God, but they are expensive... but they are really good and up to USA or other standards. There is a local NCCC store here in Davao that sells frozen cuts of high quality meats and fish. I think it is called Mindanao Meats? I forget exactly... But I have seen and purchased some Angus ribeye cuts (expensive at P1,000/ kg and up!). But they have been rather thick cut (about an inch more or less), well marbled and very tasty. So I buy one now and then, but the fresh or frozen bariles is a much better deal at about +/-800/kg. Anyway... here is - to me - the best way to cook quality beef steak: Make sure the steak is room temperature and dry on both sides. I use Montreal Steak Seasoning, if available. Otherwise Lawry's Season Salt, or last resort is salt, garlic powder and pepper... - to dry rub the meat shortly before cooking. I heat up the pan or - preferably - the bbq to high heat, then drop the steak onto the pan or grill. It only needs to cook a few minutes on each side - I watch the colour and then do the touch test - near thumb is well done, nearer palm is medium rare to rare... Before or while this is happening, I sauté some onions and garlic in butter until almost soft. Then I add mushrooms (usually canned pieces and stems), and cook until the onions and garlic are soft. I season with a lot of coarse ground pepper and a bit of salt. While it is still quite hot, I pour in about a shot or so of dry vermouth. That all cooks off but leaves a really nice flavour to the saute. By this time, the steak has cooked (less is more for steak to keep it tender). L is wary of rare to medium rare, but has been learning to eat and enjoy the tenderness... Add the baked potatoes with goodies loaded on top and some green veggie like green beans or broccoli and you have a wonderful, western style meal. So much better than available in many resto's here in Philippines... Enjoy with dry red wine! 5 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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