What’s For Breakfast? Tapsilog!

Untitled5 Whats 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!”

“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 and  if you have any questions or  if  you want to keep in touch?  Let’s be friends on Facebook and Twitter!

What’s for breakfast? Tapsilog!


  • Tapsilog (Breakfast Beef TIps) ala Cow Label
  • For the Tapa
  • 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
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • For the Garlic Rice
  • 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


  1. 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.
  2. Garlic Rice
  3. 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.




 Whats For Breakfast? Tapsilog!

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