Here Are All The Ways You Can Cook Beef Tapa

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I don't know about you, but all this talk of tapa is making me crave a big plate of tapsilog. Photo by Yummy Breakfast! Book (2013)

How do you cook beef tapa? 

For some, it’s a simple “fry it, then serve the dish.” It’s fast, easy, and still deliciously satisfying. 

We think however that the humble beef tapa recipe can open the door to flavorful possibilities. It’s flavorful on its own, but there are still ways to make it better. It can be a more satisfying dish, especially when you become tired of the same dish day in, day out. 

Here are all the different ways and flavors you can do to make your beef tapa more flavorful: 

Photo by Yummy Breakfast! Book (2013)

1 Classic Beef Tapa Recipe 

How can you go wrong with a classic recipe? Even if you think the store-bought variety is the best tasting there is, we think anything homemade will beat anything that you buy at the store. That’s because of the time and effort you put in that makes the difference. 

Photo by Toto Labrador

2 Easy Beef Tapa Recipe 

The classic ingredients of tapa include soy sauce, sugar, garlic, and vinegar. However, there are many different kinds of each of these ingredients that could make the difference in flavor. In this easy beef tapa recipe, coconut sugar and fish sauce (patis) make an appearance to make the flavor of this tapa different but still tasty. 

Photo by Patrick Martires | Food Preparation by Carina Guevara-Galang | Styling by Rachelle Santos

3 Thai Beef Tapa Recipe 

This Thai-inspired beef tapa amps up the aromatic flavors of this version with lemongrass, coriander roots, and kaffir lime leaf to make it more flavorful.


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Photo by Miguel Nacianceno

4 Japanese Beef Tapa Recipe 

What do you expect from a beef tapa recipe that’s inspired by Japan? You marinate it in sake, Japanese soy sauce, mirin, and add a dash (or more!) of togarashi

Beef is delicious, but if you’re not looking for a beef version, there are alternative ingredients that make delicious beef substitutes but tastes like tapa: 

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