Tapsilog Breakfast Recipe


Tapsilog. What a weird name, right? This dish is actually a combination of 3
components, which consists of Tapa (marinated sirloin), Sinangag (Fried rice),
and Itlog (the egg). Tapsilog is one of the quintessential breakfast dishes in the
Philippines, which makes it iconic and loved by all Filipinos.
Not only is this a breakfast dish, but it is served at any time of day. A lot of
office workers have this dish after a night of drinking to avoid hangovers. This
dish can be cooked in any way be it fried, grilled, or boiled. Some places serve it
saucy, and some dry – but all of them are delicious.
The marinade is usually made with a local citrus fruit called “Calamansi,” – it
usually takes about 5 or 6 pieces of this fruit to produce a good amount of juice
since it’s as big as a marble, but this can be substituted with Lemons, if you
cannot find it in your local Asian grocery store.
The tangy and tender beef goes perfectly with the garlic fried rice and runny egg.
Tapsilog can be served with pickled papaya (atchara) or with a dipping sauce of
vinegar and crushed garlic to cut the richness of the beef.
Serving Size: 4
Prep Time: 6 hours
Cook time: 20 minutes
For the beef:
1 ½ lb. thinly sliced sirloin
¼ cup Soy Sauce
4 Tbsp. finely minced Garlic
Juice of 1 Lemon
1 Tbsp. Brown Sugar
1/8 tsp Salt
¼ tsp Ground Black Pepper
For the rice:
500 grams cooked rice, better if stored in the fridge for a few hours
3 Tbsp. finely minced Garlic or 1 tsp Garlic Powder
¼ tsp Ground Black Pepper
2 Tbsp. Vegetable Oil
For cooking:
1 1/2 cups water
3 Tbsp. Vegetable Oil
1. In a medium sized container, whisk together the Soy Sauce, Brown
Sugar, Salt, Pepper, Lemon Juice, and Garlic. Marinade the beef in this
mixture for at least 6 hours in the refrigerator. Once ready to cook, place
the marinated beef in a steel pot with water. Bring to a boil and turn the
heat down to low. Cook uncovered until the water evaporates. Once the
water is gone, add the vegetable oil and fry until shiny and browned.
2. Prepare the rice by breaking it up until the grains are separated well. In a
wok or a deep pan, heat the vegetable oil and sauté the Garlic until
slightly brown. Add in the rice and stir until the garlic is well distributed.
Season with salt and pepper.
3. This dish is served with a sunny side up egg.

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