String Beans with Beef

String Beans with Beef
String Beans with Beef is something I enjoy when I was a kid back in our province. The combination of beef and string beans is something we Pinoy love especially with the added mild sourness from tomatoes or even tamarind. These sour beef and string beans combination is evident in our sinigang na baka.The sitaw or string beans in a sinigang makes a big difference. Having a beef when I was a kid is already something special, this is very true when you come in a poor Province.

However we always have enough vegetables, for this reason beef sinigang comes only on some especial times. Instead beef is used only as sahog for vegetables that are always available. One such dish is string beans with beef. Beef strips are sautéed in garlic, onion and a lot of tomatoes then a bit of water is added to simmer and cook the beef the string beans is then added, sometimes tamarind is also used should more sourness is required.The resultant dish is somewhat like a less broth sinigang flavored vegetable dish.


1/4 kilo beef tenderloin, cut into strips
3 bundle sitaw, string beans, trimmed, cut into 1 1/2” length
1/2 head garlic, chopped
1 medium size onion, chopped
1 big size tomato, chopped
1/4 cup patis
cooking oil

Cooking procedure:

String Beans with Beef - Cooking Procedure

In a sauce pan, sauté garlic, onion and tomato. Add beef and stir fry for 2-3 minutes. Add in patis and 1 cup of water cook for another 3-5 minutes. Add string beans and simmer for another 3-5 minutes or until vegetables are just cooked. Add salt to taste if required, serve hot with steamed rice.


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