Beef Tapa for Breakfast

Mar 09

beef tapa
It is National Breakfast Day. What is your favorite breakfast dish? Beef tapa for breakfast is my all time favorite Filipino breakfast. Served with garlic rice, eggs and coffee is the ultimate breakfast. I often dip my tapa with vinegar before mixing it with my garlic rice. Through the years, I’ve developed my own recipe because it was getting more and more expensive to buy the pre-mixed tapa.

Here is my recipe which I have featured before but made it even tastier.

1 kilo beef sirloin
1 1/2 Tablespoon + 1/2 teaspoon salt (fine salt)
7 Tablespoon white sugar
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 tsp. ground black pepper
2 1/2 tablespoon soy sauce
3 1/2 tablespoon vinegar

Mix all ingredients.
Let stand for a few hours.
Store in the refrigerator for 24 hours or longer before storing in the freezer.

It’s best to marinate the beef overnight as the flavors seep in more.

Divide the 1 kilo marinated beef into separate plastic bags so you can just cook them per batch.

Now if you can’t wait to cook beef tapa, just hop along to the nearest Jollibee restaurant, Max Restaurant or any restaurant for that matter. Almost every restaurant serves beef tapa as their Filipino breakfast fare.

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Noemi Lardizabal-Dado (375 Posts)

Noemi, Editor of Blog Watch and features editor of Philippine Online Chronicles is a 55 year old mother to three kids and is married to Atty. Luis H. Dado. She loves being a full time mother and homemaker after retiring as a Researcher/Consultant from the UP Institute for Small Scale Industries in 1987. Now that her children are all college graduates, she devotes her time to grief support, blogging, new media events and using her blogs to promote online advocacies. Her personal blog is at, which garnered numerous awards such as Best Website, Blog Category during the 9th and 10th Philippine Web Awards. Her blog also won in the Blog- Personal Category of the Web Awards 2007 and Globelines Broadband Family Blog Award (in honor of family-oriented blogging) 2007 Philippine Blog Award. Globe also recognized her as Digital Elder in the 2009 Philippine Blog Award.

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  • [eatingclub] vancouver || js

    I love beef tapa! Perfect for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

  • anne

    Hello. do you use rock salt or the refined one? tks . i love your site

  • Ernie

    Sorry, am a TH cook. But i guess you didnt mention how to cook this? should I fry this over a certain oil, or steam? sorry for the dumb question.

  • Jerry

    @Ernie fry with your preferred oil @ anne it said (Fine salt) heh

  • gee

    hi mam! i love reading your blog. i am a young mom and i love beef tapa to bits. i just fail miserably every time i prepare something like it. (coz it just tastes like fried beef!) i will try this recipe of your soon! :) i was just wondering… how do you prevent the beef from getting too tough after cooking? it seems i’ve always had this problem abt cooking beef and any brand just turns out just as tough! it’s frustrating. haha. thanks i will wait for your reply before i give this a try. more power! :)

  • ANA

    Hi Noemi,

    This is Ana , Alice sister. I am a fanatic of your website, I also checked it 2x a day.
    I tried your recipe for Beef Tapa and followed exactly the measurement OMG, perfect. It is really great.

  • Victoria

    Hi, a cooking enthusiast here… “1 1/2 Tablespoon + 1/2 teaspoon salt (fine salt)”, sorry for a dumb question…1 1/2 tablespoon of what? Thanks.

  • http://n/a jeff

    hi im jeff. can this recipe also be used commercially? i know this recipe would make this beef taste good.