Beef Tapa Recipe

This recipe has been made popular by the Filipino breakfast TAPSILOG – a combination plate of TAPa, SInangag(Fried Rice) and ItLOG(Egg). It is commonly served with sliced tomato or a spicy vinegar dipping sauce. In the Philippine cuisine, tapa is the term used to refer to salted, then dried meat that may either be cured or uncured. The cured tapa uses salitre or saltpeter that gives the meat it’s red color. However, this recipe don’t use it, but rather choose to add soy sauce for the color. Aside from these, ingredients like garlic, bay leaves, peppercorns, vinegar and salt are used to make it flavorful and tasty. You should give this beef tapa recipe a try to experience a delicious and palatable breakfast meal.


  • ½ kg beef
  • 1 head garlic
  • 2 pieces bay leaves
  • 1 tbsp peppercorns
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • ½ cup vinegar
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • salt to taste
  • white pepper to taste

How To Cook Beef Tapa:

  1. Slice the beef into ¼ inch thick slices
  2. Marinate the beef in garlic, bay leaves, peppercorns, brown sugar, vinegar and soy sauce for 2 to 3 hours.
  3. Heat the grill and sear the beef slices. Serve immediately.

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