Mushroom and Tofu, Pinoy Bistek Style

Mushroom and Tofu Pinoy Bistek Style
Mushroom and Tofu Pinoy, Bistek Style is another innovative vegetarian inspired dish that I made for lunch today. This is part of a series of healthy dish that I will try to introduce in between my regular recipes. This is also in response to some emails and request for healthier Pinoy food recipes that OPC have received. The dish can be classified as a vegetarian version of the Pinoy bistek, the dish is 100% vegan including the oyster sauce that I used. Yes there is a vegetarian oyster sauce that is made of mushroom oyster extracts and some oyster essence.

Mushroom and Tofu Bistek Style

The dish is fairly easy to make there are some points do that I want to mention. For the mushroom I used fresh large portabella mushrooms. Mushrooms absorb a lot of liquid, including the salty soy sauce therefore the mushroom is first stir fried with the oil used in stir-frying the onions, this will absorb the onion infused oil and sealing it for further absorption of the soy sauce. The tofu naturally take its flavours from the sauce used to cook it, therefore after frying it has to be braised with the sauce. The onions are pre-stirfried and added last. The dish may be serve sizzling in hot plates if you love hot sizzling dishes. Here is the recipe of my Mushroom and Tofu Pinoy, Bistek Style.


Mushroom and Tofu Pinoys Bistek Style - Ingredients

2 large size portabella musrooms, sliced into 1/4” thick
1 large block firm tofu, cut into 1” wide and 1/4” thick slices, fried
1 large size red onion cut into rings
2-3 tbsp. soy sauce
2-3 tbsp. vegetarian oyster sauce
1-2 tsp. garlic powder
juice from 1/2 lemon
peanut oil

Cooking procedure:

Mushroom and Tofu Pinoys Bistek Style - Cooking Procedure

In a bowl mix the oyster sauce, soy sauce, 2-3 tbsp. peanut oil, lemon juice, garlic powder and 3/4 cups of water, keep aside. In a large wok heat generous amount of cooking oil and stir fry the onion rings for about a minute, remove from wok and keep aside. Using the same wok and oil from stir frying the onions stir-fry the mushrooms for about a minute or until lump and has absorbed the oil, remove from wok and keep aside. Using the same wok pour in the sauce mixture and let boil. Add in the fried tofu and simmer for 4 to 6 minutes or until the sauce is reduced to about half. Check the saltiness. Add in the mushrooms and continue to cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Add in the fried onion and cook for another half a minute. Serve with rice.

See other Bistek recipes: 

Fried Snapper Pinoy Bistek Style 
Fried Salmon Pinoy Bistek Style 
Tanguige Bistek Tagalog 
Tuna Bistek with Eggplant 
Bangus Bistek Tagalog 
Bangus Belly Bistek Tagalog 

Pork Bistek 
Pork Loin Steak, Bistek Style 
Pork Chop Steak, Bistek Style 
Beef Sirloin Steak, Bistek Style 
Bistek Stir Fry 
Bistek Bulalo with Pineapple 
Bistek Bulalo 

Liver Bistek 
Chicken Liver, Bistek Style 


  1. Hi Ut-man,

    Sana po mag post ka rin ng Gotong Batangas (not the usual lugaw)


  2. This is a great recipe! I love how you're not using any meat for this. :)

  3. Sarap talaga ng pagkaing pinoy. Kakagutom tuloy tumingin sa blog na to.

    Nice blog po!

  4. Thanks a lot! This will be our dinner tonight.


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