Tapsilog in Tagalog is a mixture of 3 different food items, “Tap” for Tapa which is a fried beef marinated in vinegar and garlic, “Si” for Sinangag which is a simple garlic fried rice and “Log” for Itlog which means egg.  There are a lot of food items like this in the Philippines and here are some:

Dangsilog – Daing (sun dried salted fish), garlic fried rice and fried egg
Bangsilog Bangus (instead of Beef use Milk Fish), garlic fried rice and fried egg
Hotsilog – hotdog, garlic fried rice and fried egg
Longsilog longganisa, garlic fried rice and fried egg
Litsilog – lechon (charcoal roasted suckling pig), garlic fried rice and fried egg
Tosilog tocino (sweet pork), garlic fried rice and fried egg
Pakaplog Pandesal (bread), kape (coffee) and fried egg

There are lots more but these are the common ones.  These dishes are usually breakfast items but due to the popularity of restaurants such as Goodah!!! and copycats that offer this food it became an all day – all night breakfast.  Typically consumed by youngsters at wee hours of the morning after a good night out as they believe it will sober them up and relieve the hangover for the next day.  But regardless of your reason believe me or not it is a comfort food, I don’t know why but trust me once you’re hooked up you’ll always crave for it.

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Tapsilog 3


  • Author: Raymund
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 35 mins
  • Category: Main Course
  • Cuisine: Filipino


Tapsilog in tagalog is a mixture of 3 different food items, Tap for Tapa which is a fried beef marinated in vinegar and garlic, Si for Sinigang which is a simple garlic fried rice and Log for Itlog which means egg. There are a lot of food items like this in the Philippines and here are some:



Garlic Fried Rice

  • 4 cups cold cooked rice preferably long grain
  • oil
  • 1 garlic minced
  • salt
  • pepper


  • 800g beef tenderloin (sliced thinly around 1/2 cm thick)
  • 2 whole garlic, crushed include the skin
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 5 bay leaves
  • 2 tsp salt


Garlic Fried Rice

  1. Heat up the pan and add oil, in a medium heat add garlic and fry it until its golden brown and crunchy
  2. Add rice and stir fry until the rice is coated with the garlic flavoured oil, this will take around 10 minutes
  3. Season with salt and freshly ground pepper


  1. Mix thoroughly all ingredients excluding beef in a bowl.
  2. Slice the beef into 2 x 3 inch pieces and soak with the mixture
  3. Marinate for at least a day.
  4. Remove beef from marinade and pat dry with paper towel
  5. Heat up the pan add oil and fry the beef pieces until outside is crunchy on both sides.


Prepare a sunny side up egg, atchara, chopped tomatoes and plate the items together like in the picture attached, it is best served with a white vinegar with crushed garlic dip.




18 Responses

  1. I love the idea of Tapa – yummy!
    🙂 Mandy

  2. Sounds unique and interesting, never heard of beef or any meat being marinated in vinegar. I see why its popular during and after a night out

  3. crustabakes says:

    I love the idea of having different types of meat with your garlic rice and fried egg and having specific names for that . It makes ordering so much easier!

  4. I have included the skin when crushing garlic. What does this add? I always learn something new here. I can’t believe how often you post. You are a blogging champion! 🙂

  5. This has some excellent components to it!! Rice and eggs are so good together, and that meat sounds really good!

  6. cakewhiz says:

    Garlic fried rice sounds delicious…it would go so well with many spicy indian curries too.
    Those names for philipino dishes are so cool… they have a nice ring to them 🙂

  7. boogie. says:

    we once had a tapsilog restaurant in town & they had the BEST tapsilog I’ve ever tasted. sadly the owner passed away & the recipe went with her

  8. Ruby Palmos says:

    “Si” is for Sinangag.
    I want to make tapa but I don’t like bay leaves. Anything to substitute or is this optional?

  9. Nothing beats a good tapsilog for breakfast! Your tapsilog looks really yummy!

  10. Jonald says:

    Masarap talaga ang tapsilog! haha

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