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Filipino Beef Tapa "Tapsilog"

Tapsilog is a popular Filipino breakfast dish that consists of beef tapa, fried egg, and garlic fried rice. Serve it alongside fresh tomatoes, cucumber slices, and a spicy vinegar dipping sauce.

Yield: 1 pound beef, serves 4

Author Maryanne Cabrera


Beef Tapa:

  • 1 pound beef sirloin (New York strip, or boneless rib eye), sliced thin against the grain*
  • 1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup calamansi juice
  • 3 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Serve with:

  • garlic fried rice (sinangag)
  • fried egg
  • fresh tomato
  • sliced cucumber


  1. Mix together soy sauce, calamansi juice, brown sugar, minced garlic, and black pepper until sugar has dissolved. Toss in sliced beef. Cover and let marinate in the fridge for at least 4 hours (up to 24 hours).

  2. Strain beef from marinade. Add about one tablespoon of cooking oil (grapeseed oil or vegetable oil) in a large skillet over medium heat. Once oil is hot, cook beef in batches. Cook beef on each side for 2-4 minutes until well browned. 

  3. Serve hot with garlic fried rice and fried egg. 

Recipe Notes

  • Spicy vinegar sauce is made by soaking Thai chili in white vinegar. 
  • If you cannot find fresh calamansi juice, many Asian markets sell frozen calamansi juice packets. 

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