Thursday, May 17, 2012

What's for breakfast? TAPSILOG

I was literally stuck.  I was staring at my laptop, not knowing what to write for my next post. Until I saw this post on the page of The Breakfast Store.

For the child in all of us...

“When you wake up in the morning, (Winnie the) Pooh," said Piglet at last, "what's the first thing you say to yourself?"

"What's for breakfast?" said Pooh. "What do you say, Piglet?"

"I say, I wonder what's going to happen exciting today?" said Piglet.
Pooh nodded thoughtfully. "Oh it's the same thing," he said.

Oh the wisdom of Winnie the Pooh, of course breakfast is always exciting!  And oh how apt, as the dish I'll share with you today is a breakfast meal.  This plate is what I served my husband when he asked me that question "what's for breakfast?".

I answered: "Tapsilog!", a Filipino term for a breakfast meal composed of tapa (marinated sweet beef), sinangag (garlic fried rice),  and itlog (fried egg).

"Can you make the tapa taste like Cow Label (dried beef or beef jerky - which was popular during the 80's in the Philippines)... you know that sweet and spicy kind, but minus the tough beef?" he said.

So here we go, I'm sharing tapsilog - inspired by the prompt given to me by my husband.

Tapsilog (Breakfast Beef TIps) ala Cow Label

1 lb beef (sirloin beef is best sliced thinly)

1 tbsp beef bouillon powder
2 cloves garlic (minced)
1 tbsp brown sugar (opt to add more if you want it sweeter)
1/2 tsp dried chili flakes
2 tbsp soy sauce
salt and pepper to taste

Mix all the ingredients together.  Marinate for 30 minutes or preferably overnight.  Heat the pan.  Coat the pan with a thin layer of cooking oil or you could use cooking oil spray.  When the pan is hot, put the beef and spread it on the pan.  Allow it to cook for a minute.  Flip the strips of beef and cook for another minute.  By this time, the sugar from the marinade should be caramelizing. 

Garlic Rice

2 tbsp cooking oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
cooked white rice (use a day old rice from the fridge, not freshly cooked rice as this is sticky.)
Salt to taste


In a wok, add cooking oil and garlic at the same time. This way the cooking oil will slowly heat up and the garlic starts to brown, this way you won't burn the garlic. Add  rice. Mix well and then season it with salt. Again, do not use sticky/very moist rice.  It should be dry and it's best to use the refrigerated left-over rice from the previous day.


  1. YUMMY... IM DROOLING! I miss my tapsilog! Malou this is wrong... it's almost midnight and I'm desperately in want for tapsilog!

  2. hahah... sorry for causing you to crave this much but your consolation is that you now have the recipe so you could fix yourself a plate tomorrow...:)

    1. Ok Malou, If I won't be able to fix this craving, I will be knocking at your door over the weekend ok? LOL! Thanks Malou for sharing...

    2. Come on over will make it together. It's easy peasy I''m telling you! :)

  3. What was the last ingredient for the beef marinade? 1/2 tsp dried ______?ü thanks ü

    1. Sorry about the typo... it's. Red chili flakes. Thank you for bringing that up. I will edit that par now :)

  4. What is beef sabor powder?

  5. hi Raks thanks for coming over. The beef sabor powder is a bouillon powder and it's simply a broth powder that you buy in a pack or bottle at the grocery store.

    Thanks for asking and I hope this helps.

  6. Hi Malou, don't you just love Winnie the Pooh. How delightfully are those books written! I just love reading them to my little boy. And the illustrations are gorgeous to the max. And that breakfast is a great start to the day. xx

    1. I remember reading Winnie the Pooh to my kids too and how charming and witty their lines are. I'm glad i got a little help from them writing my post. Happy Sunday!

  7. That is one hearty, and beautiful breakfast, Malou! I can only imagine how tender the steaks are, the rice, and a perfect sunny-side egg on the top!
    Love it:DDD

    Thanks so much for your kind comment on my blog!

    1. Hubs and I usually have this kind of breakfast on weekends. Nothing beats like it.
      Great to see you Elisabeth!

  8. Oooooooh! Your posts are killing me! Sooooo good! My mom loves tapsilog! My 3 year old daughter loves longsilog. I'm a fan of tocino, myself! :) Ohhh...filipino breakfasts are the best! Great post! Thanks for sharing!!

  9. The best garlic rice ? In the same pan where you cooked your tapa add olive oil to brown your garlic then put in your rice.


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