Danny, beef steak is a generic recipe of the Americans that involved shallow-frying a thin or pounded-out slab of skirt steak or flank steak and then slathering it with a dark gravy with onion bits. I believe it is a Yankee version of the country fried steak of the Southerners. This was served with fried large red tomatoes that they now call beefsteak tomatoes.Originally Posted by danny
My best guess is that when the Americans came to the Philippines and began cooking this dish and showing the natives how to cook it, the Filipinos as usual adapted. Eventually I suppose the Filipinos didn't just fry the beef steaks and slather sauce / gravy on it, but just plain cooked the beef with the sauce and onions all in, and they dispensed with the tomatoes.