How to Make Homemade Beef Tapa: A Filipino-Inspired Dish

Updated on January 30, 2020
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How to make homemade beef tapa, a Filipino-inspired dish
How to make homemade beef tapa, a Filipino-inspired dish | Source

Beef tapa is cured slices of beef. It is usually served for breakfast along with garlic fried rice and sunny-side-up eggs. This dish is one of the famous Filipino "silog meals," meaning a dish that is served with garlic fried rice and eggs. Although this dish is more commonly served for breakfast, it can also be eaten at any time of day. Variations may be spicy, salty, or sweet. My very own variation is a balanced taste of salty and sweet. Enjoy!

Beef tapa ingredients
Beef tapa ingredients | Source


  • 500 grams beef, sliced
  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 4 tablespoons vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • water, as needed
  • cooking oil, for frying
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Utensils for preparing beef tapa ingredientsUtensils for cooking beef tapa
Utensils for preparing beef tapa ingredients
Utensils for preparing beef tapa ingredients | Source
Utensils for cooking beef tapa
Utensils for cooking beef tapa | Source


For Preparing the Ingredients:

  • Plate
  • 1 medium bowl
  • 2 small bowls
  • Measuring spoons
  • Spoon

For Cooking the Beef Tapa:

  • Frying pan
  • Slotted spatula

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 35 min
Yields: 4


  1. Properly mix brown sugar, soy sauce, vinegar, garlic, salt, and pepper into a bowl.
  2. Soak beef into the mixture. Marinate for at least a couple of hours, or overnight.
  3. When ready, pour water into a pan and add the beef together with the marinade.
  4. Let it simmer until the beef is tender.
  5. Once tender and no water remains, add a little bit of oil and fry it.
  6. Serve with fried garlic rice.

Finished Product

Homemade beef tapa
Homemade beef tapa | Source

Tips and Techniques

  1. Marinate the beef for a couple of hours (or overnight) to ensure that all flavors penetrate the meat.
  2. Check the tenderness of the beef from time to time. Add water as needed.
  3. Use a small amount of oil after draining all the liquid to give a bit crunchiness into it.
  4. Try adding homemade chili garlic oil to make it spicier.
  5. Top it with homemade crispy fried garlic bits.

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    • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

      Travel Chef 

      23 months ago from Manila

      Hi Mary,

      It's something that everybody will surely enjoy. Just like us! It is interesting to try something new for breakfast.

    • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

      Travel Chef 

      23 months ago from Manila

      Hello Liz,

      Any meat with breakfast is absolutely a wonderful choice for breakfast. Something that I'm always looking forward to.

    • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

      Travel Chef 

      23 months ago from Manila

      Hi Eric,

      I haven't tried that Vietnamese Bo Ne. How's the taste of it? I'm interested to try it.

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      Mary Norton 

      23 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      I used to enjoy this as a child especially when the meat is thinly sliced and dried a bit in the sun. I miss this so much might just try doing it myself.

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      Liz Westwood 

      23 months ago from UK

      This looks like a tasty breakfast. It would beat bacon and eggs for me any day.

    • Ericdierker profile image

      Eric Dierker 

      23 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      The Vietnamese version is really close to this. Something like Bo Ne. The beef generally in steak form.

      Thanks for this, I will cook it Sunday.

    • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

      Travel Chef 

      23 months ago from Manila

      Hello Pamela,

      Yes, in most Asian countries they love to eat rice and noodles for their breakfast. It's a good thing to try this one as most restaurant chains serve this dish any time of the day. They have a huge list of breakfast with egg and fried rice combination that everybody will find it interesting.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      23 months ago from Sunny Florida

      The meat sounds good and I like eggs, buy I wouldn't use the rice. I like rice occasionally, but not for breakfast. I know rice is frequently eaten with any meal in Asia. Thanks for sharing this recioe.

    • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

      Travel Chef 

      23 months ago from Manila

      Hi Rinita,

      You are absolutely right! Sometimes it's interesting to try breakfast meals of different cultures.

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      Rinita Sen 

      23 months ago

      This sounds delish! Not many cultures have rice as part of breakfast though, I guess. Thanks for sharing.


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