Tapsilog. What a weird name, right? This dish is actually a combination of 3 components, whichconsists 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.