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Beef Tapa for Breakfast

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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 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.