TAPSILOG | A Filipino Breakfast

TAPSILOG | A Filipino Breakfast

Tapsilog is a combination of three tagalog words: Tapa which are fried beef strips, sinangag which is fried rice and itlog which means egg. Tapsilog is usually served for breakfast and my cravings for this is too long enough that I needed to make this for dinner yesterday.

I’ve used sirloin steak instead of a regular beef fillet. Sirloin steak needs to be cooked carefully and rested properly to ensure it is not chewy and it has to be sliced thinly (across the grain, naturally) so that it cooks in a very short time. I Smash it with a meat pounder to thin it further and flatten it out and cut into serving sized pieces.

I marinated the beef for 30 minutes or overnight with lots of garlic which I’ve sliced roughly sugar, salt, and pepper, vinegar and oysters sauce. So easy, such delicious results. I’ve paired it with garlic rice and sunny side up egg and spicy vinegar indeed happy dinner time!!!

TAPSILOG | A Filipino Breakfast

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Serves: 2 Cooking Time: 1H


  • Beef Tapa
  • 500g sirloin steak
  • 1 bulb of garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1⁄4 cup of white sugar
  • 1/4 cup oyster sauce
  • Salt to taste
  • 3tbsp Vinegar
  • Cooking Oil
  • Garlic Fried Rice
  • 2 cups of cold rice
  • 6 cloves of garlic, minced
  • salt to taste
  • Fried Eggs
  • 2 eggs
  • cooking oil
  • salt and pepper to taste



In a bowl combine all the ingredients for marination


Now add the beef to the mixture and mix thoroughly and marinate for 30mins or overnight


Heat the cooking oil in a pan over medium-high heat.


When the oil is hot, add the beef mixture to the pan.


Pan fry the beef while continually stirring.


When the beef starts to form a crust along the edges, remove it from the pan and set it aside.


To make the garlic fried rice, first, add some cooking oil over medium-high heat to the same pan from before.


Now add the garlic to the pan and stir-fry for about a minute.


Then add the rice and salt to taste.


Stir fry the rice until it is hot and well seasoned then remove it from the heat.


In a clean pan, add some cooking oil and fry the eggs over medium-high heat.


Serve the Beef with the Fried Rice on the side and the sunny side up egg on top of the rice.


You can have Tapsilog served with vinegar on the side for the latter to be gradually mixed to the dish or have the vinegar poured directly on the Tapa before serving to add to its distinct flavor.



  1. Matt
    March 25, 2019 / 11:34 pm

    You didn’t give a recipe for the spicy vinegar that you had on the side. Is that something you buy as is?

    • ces
      March 27, 2019 / 8:21 am

      HI Mat,

      yes you can buy it as is 🙂 you can go to Asian store

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