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Beef Tapa for Breakfast

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)
5 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.

Beef Pochero aka Cocido

noche buena

I have been preparing Pochero every Christmas day for the past 10 years. On Christmas eve, I serve Majestic Ham for Noche Buena. I rub the ham with brown sugar and cloves and bake it in the oven. After it has been baked, I decorate it with pineapple and cherries. What do we do with leftover ham from Christmas dinner? The solution….Pochero or cocido. I prefer to call it Pochero as it is a very common dish in my hometown Cebu.

majestic ham

Pochero (Spanish spelling , Puchero) with its bounty of meats, sausages and vegetables is known as the “real national dish of Spain. Brought to the shores through the Spanish conquistadores, it is a favorite dish at Filipino festive occasions. With extra ham from the noche buena, the pochero is one way of recycling left-over meats. This recipe is richly flavored by the ham bones and scrap ham simmered with the beef. The flavor of the ham bones, and the Chorizo de Bilbao seeps in to the beef cubes making it so tasty.

Pochero cooked December 25, 2014
Pochero cooked December 25, 2014

Of course, you can modify this recipe to your desired taste.

Ingredients

1 kilo cubed beef brisket
1/2 kilo leftover ham bones
1/4 kilo scrap ham
8 to 10 cups water or enough to cover meat
4 medium potatoes, peeled and cut in half
4 Saba bananas, peeled, sliced in half
3 pieces chorizo de bilbao sliced diagonally into 2 inch pieces (Preferably the one in the Purefoods can)
1 cup chick peas
1 head of cabbage quartered
1 Baguio pechay leaves separated

Procedure

1. Put beef, ham bones, and scrap ham in large casserole.
2. Pour enough water to cover.
3. Bring to a boil, then simmer until beef is almost tender, about 40 minutes
4. Add potatoes and bananas. Simmer until bananas and potatoes are almost tender, about 20 minutes
5. Stir in chorizo de bilbao and chick peas and continue simmering for another 10 minutes. ( I prefer the chorizo bilbao in Purefood cans because there is no red coloring that seeps out during the cooking)
6. Add cabbage and pechay and let simmer until vegetables are cooked but still firm

pochero for Christmas day

Beef Mechado Recipe

I already posted a Beef Mechado recipe but that version used vinegar. The one featured here will use calamansi. It was supposed to have no tomato too. There are other versions of mechado that doesn’t use tomato but I prefer my mechado to have tomato. I just like my beef to have that tomato goodness in it. However, you can choose to remove the tomato. So here is the beef mechado recipe.

Ingredients

1 1/2 kilos kilo beef (strip of fat inserted) or kabilugan
4 calamansi (Squeeze the juice and set aside)
5 Tablespoons soy sauce
2 tomatoes cubed (optional)
1/4 cup tomato sauce (optional)
1 large onion, sliced
5 cloves garlic, crushed
4 tablespoons sherry
1 1/2 cups water
Salt to taste
1 teaspoon peppercorns
1 small bay leaf
3 tablespoons all purpose flour (toasted)
2 tablespoons butter
2 potatoes, quartered

Olive Oil

Directions

1. Marinate the beef in calamansi juice and soy sauce. Keep overnight with the marinade still intact.

2. The following day, brown the beef in olive oil. Add diced tomatoes until tomatoes are tender.

3. Add bay leaf, onion, garlic, sherry, water, salt, peppercorns. Simmer until tender. (I usually use pressure cooker)

4. Remove the meat from the pan.

5. Slice beef and strain the sauce.

6. Thicken the sauce with tomato sauce, toasted flour and butter.

7. Add back the beef to the sauce and add potatoes.

8. Simmer until tender.

Like I said, you can remove the tomatoes and tomato sauce if you want a non-tomato mechado version. It’s just a personal preference that I add tomatoes.

Beef Tapa Recipe

rp_tapa-300x221.jpgNothing beats eating tapa for breakfast. With garlic rice and fried egg, it’s a breakfast fit for anyone expecting a busy day. My beef tapa recipe is a mixture of pepper and sweetness the way I like my lean and tasty beef tapa to be. Remember to marinate overnight (two days for better absorption) so that the seasonings seep well into the beef slices.

1 kilo beef sirloin, thinly sliced, cut into long strips
1 1/2 Tablespoon + 1/2 teaspoon salt
5 Tablespoon white sugar
2 teaspoon minced garlic (adding more the better)
1 tsp. ground black pepper
2 1/2 tablespoon soy sauce
3 1/2 tablespoon vinegar

1. Mix all ingredients into mixing bowl.
2. Cover and Let stand overnight or two nights in the refrigerator.
3. Depending on the size of your family, apportion the beef slices into plastic bags. In our case, we are a family of four. A pack of 3 plastic bags is enough.
4. Store in freezer for 24 hours before cooking.

I usually add a little water in the kawali and allowing the water to evaporate before frying the beef so that it comes out more tender. Others like their tapa as hard as rock or rubbery but I prefer mine tender to the bite.