Wifey arrived from outside with something for me! My favorite breakfast combo – TAPSILOG!

Tapsilog is the term used when tapa, garlic-fried rice(sinangag), and fried egg (itlog) are combined into one meal, which is served primarily during breakfast.[1]The word tapa is related to the Sanskrit term tapaswhich means “heat”. In Tagalog, a restaurant that primarily serves tapa is called a tapahantapsihan or tapsilugan. According to some sources, tapsilog and tapsihan are colloquial slang words. However, these terms are used by those restaurants and many Filipinos of all social strata. Tapsilogand tapsihan, therefore, may be considered standard words in the Filipino language rather than slang.

Tapa is dried or cured beef, mutton or venison, although other meat or even fishmay be used. Filipinos prepare thin slices of meat and cure it with salt and spices as a method of preserving it. Tapa is often cooked fried or grilled. When served with fried rice and fried egg, it is known as tapsilog. It sometimes comes with atchara (pickled papaya strips) or sliced tomatoes as side dish. Vinegar or ketsup is usually used as a condiment.

Before cooking tapa, the meat is cured or dried and cut in to small portions or thin slices. As a method of preservation, salt and spices are added. After preparation, the meat can be cooked either grilled or fried.

Just like any other ulam (main dish) in Filipino cuisine, tapa is usually partnered with rice. It can be garlic rice, java rice, plain rice or any other types of preparation. As a side dish, tapa sometimes comes with atchara (pickled papaya strips) or sliced vegetables (usually tomatoes). Vinegar (oftentimes with siling labuyo) or ketsup is usually used as a condiment. 


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