Beef Tapa (& Tapsilog)

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Making beef tapa is part of Mom’s cooking legacy. (Probably all moms anyway.) She would marinate beef and stash it in the fridge for a day or two. When she thinks it’s the right time, cook it in a jiffy, no stress and all. Below is exactly how she does it, except I use easy-to-cook steak and I added sugar. Yup, Mom buys cheaper beef parts, slice them thinly and smash ‘em using the back of a knife to tenderize.

And what’s the best way to serve? Tapsilog-style!

Beef scotch fillet steak, sliced into thin strips
1 to 2 tbsp minced garlic
1/3 cup vinegar
2 tbsp soy sauce
1tsp sugar (optional)
Salt and pepper

Combine all of the above and marinate beef over night.

Heat oil in a pan. Add beef and marinade mixture into the pan. Fry on high heat and cook until the liquid dries up.

For sinangag, stir-fry rice with left-over oil used in the same pan (as little oil as possible). Serve tapsilog – beef tapa, sinangag and sunny side up egg. Sliced tomatoes on the sides. Perfect for breakfast.

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I am not a professional cook. My only claim to having a culinary background is a short stint as my dad’s teen ‘sous chef’ in his carinderia ages ago. Dad ran small eateries since I was a young kid - serving standard ‘turo-turo’ food ranging from the likes of menudo, adobo, pritong isda, dinuguan, binagoongan, bopis, munggo, pinakbet and giniling to merienda fares like goto, ginataan, pancit bihon, halu-halo and saging con yelo.

My father, a farmer in his hometown before working his way to becoming an accountant, definitely influenced my cooking in a lot of ways than I thought. My siblings and I were raised in a backyard full of fruit trees and vegetable garden. We spent weekends and the summer breaks running around with ducks, chickens, goats and pigs. I had wonderful memories of gathering eggs, butchering chickens, selling vegetables and the sweet aroma of preserved fruits. But my love for art led me to a degree in Architecture. Just few months after getting my license, I went abroad and lived independently at age 23. Definitely no maid, no cook, and a totally different food culture. Along the way I met lots of friends and spent what seemed a lifetime learning new tricks and recipes.

Now living in Auckland, I am a work-from-home mum who juggles time between work, fun and family - in pursuit of work-life balance. No matter how busy I am, I love the idea of cooking for my family. My blog chronicles home cooking greatly influenced by life outside my home country from Southeast Asia to Beijing and Auckland. And most of the time, being busy also means easy (sometimes quick), affordable meals.

16 thoughts on “Beef Tapa (& Tapsilog)

  1. wow thanks for sharing your mom’s recipe, i only love beef when it’s beef tapa and it’s one of my favorite food to order when i’m working overtime! makes my blood working right :-) i love breakfast food kase even when it’s dinner time na! nice post!

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  2. Nakakaganang kumain looking at the pictures of tapa with egg and tomato! It’s raining non-stop here in Mega Manila. Masarap ang mga ganyang pagkain kapag umuulan.

  3. Reminds of a joint that’s open ’25hours’ a day back in college. I had forgotten the name, but their tapsis & longsis were amazingly delicious! like your post..

    1. 1/2 kilo lang ang niluto ko. Nasa sa iyo kung gano kadami ang gusto
      mo lutuin at kung gaano kadami/alat ang iyong timpla :-)

      Happy cooking!

  4. wow! ginutom tuloy ako! kanina, umayaw na ako sa pagkain, sumasakit na kasi tiyan ko sa kabusugan. ngayon 2 hrs since then, ginutom
    ako ng tapsilog mo…

  5. ako gumagawa ng beef tapa at pork tocino parang ginayuma yung kumakain binabalik balikan nila.. sinasabihan nila ako na mag tayo ng tapsilugan pero natatakot nman ako kc bka di patukin ng tao jejejeje kahit kpatid nagsasabi na mag tayo na ako ng tapsilugan.. masarap ang beef tapa yung hindi masayado naluto malalasap mo talaga ang lasa ng baka habang minumuya mo ng matagal..

  6. hi! pano magpunta ng maty’s dongalo?i’m from las pinas…how much per order ng beef lang w/o rice and egg

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