Tapa or Tender Beef Strips are highly addicting. Though it’s harder now to find a quality Tender Beef Strips, we can always make our own.
The very first time I tasted TapSiLog (Tapa Singangag Itlog) is when I was in elementary, and I immediately fell in love with it. I even came to the point of thrifting my daily allowance because, during those days, such meals are a luxury.
Now, it’s saddening that the dish I fell in love with continues to decline in terms of quality.
I can’t blame sellers because people are now ignoring the real TapSiLog and it’s because of poverty. What people want are cheap foods.
However, what makes me frustrated are the stores that claim they are selling TapSiLog but it turned out that they are using pork instead of beef. I once even asked a seller and she said: “ganyan talaga (that’s how it is).”
I know there are lots of people who are longing to taste the soft, sweet, and flavorful tapa. So, here is my recipe:
- 1/2 kilo beef, sliced into strips
- 5 tablespoon soy sauce
- Juice from 1/2 medium lemon or 5 calamansi
- 2 tablespoon brown sugar
- 3 tablespoon minced garlic
- 1 cup of water
- salt and pepper to taste
- Make the beef tender using a pressure cooker (1 cup of water and salt). Set aside.
- In a small bowl combine the soy sauce, citrus juice, brown sugar, and pepper. Mix well then set aside.
- In a pan, saute the garlic until golden brown. Remove from the pan then set aside.
- Saute the beef until the remaining water evaporates.
- Add the citrus and soy mixture. Then, let it simmer until the sauce forms.
- Remove from the fire.
- Garnish with roasted garlic.
- Serve and enjoy.