Beef Tapa Recipe (Tapa King)

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Nov 07
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Beef Tapa Recipe (Tapa King)

One of my favorite tapa is the Tapa Queen of Tapa King. (I know that sounds weird but for non Filipino readers, Tapa King is an All Day Breakfast Fast Food in the Philippines and one of their best seller is Tapa Queen,)

Between the Queen and King, the runaway winner is the Queen and its not hard to understand why. A spicy, sweet, and garlicky piece of sirloin beef, plus fried rice and egg, it calls  to the very essence of what breakfast is all about. A huge meal with all the flavors that we like -sweet, spicy, and sour to break the fast!

The Filipino Tapa, not to be confused with Spanish Tapa, is cured meat, usually preserved in vinegar. In the southern Tagalog, tapa is the root word of “tinapahan” or smoked. This is what we do to preserve fish like tuna. We also have the coconut meat smoker house which is called “tapahan”.

I’m not sure how this is related to the beef tapa as we know now but I remember that we used to sun dry beef tapa after marinating.  Though, now we prepare it differently, I can only surmise that tapa means to preserve by smoking or drying.

So of course, we tried this at home!

Beef Tapa Recipe (Tapa King)

Beef Tapa Recipe (Tapa King) -Relax lang Mom Filipino Food Blog and Recipes

Ingredients:

  • 1 kl beef (breakfast cut at Monterey)
  • 3/4 c soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 whole garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup Sweet and Spicy Vinegar Waykurat <<Important.
  • 7 Thai chillies chopped and deseeded

Instructions:

  1. (If possible, beat beef with a mallet.)
  2. Put together all ingredients and marinate beef overnight.
  3. Heat oil and pan fry in medium heat until sugar has caramelized slightly. (I remove most oil then add a bit of marinade after frying and let it cook so there’s a bit of sauce but you can skip this process if you want it dry.)
  4. Serve with a simple garlic fried rice or this Chao fan fried rice or this Curry Chicken Fried Rice or this Kimchi Fried Rice Recipe and sunny side up egg!

Notes:

Make this beef tapa into something like a beef jerky by drying this in the sun after marinating before frying. Great for snacking!

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