How to cook vegetarian tapsilog vegetarian-tapsilog

For non-Filipinos, click here, here and here to get a good idea about what tapsilog is.

For Filipinos who know what a comfort food tapsilog is, and knowing how hard it is to turn one’s back on comfort food, well, here is a way to go meatless and still enjoy tapsilog. How? Soy-based vegetarian “beef”, lightly pan-fried, shredded, then cooked with seasonings and aromatics. Serve with egg (Sam is ovo-lacto vegetarian so eggs are not a problem) and rice and enjoy.

Recipe: Vegetarian tapsilog


  • 3 tbsps. of vegetable cooking oil
  • 12 to 15 pcs. of soy-based vegetarian “beef” chunks
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp. of garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp. of paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. of chili flakes
  • 1/2 tsp. of ground black pepper
  • salt, to taste
  • sugar, to taste


  1. Heat 2 tbsps. of cooking oil in a pan. Add the vegetarian “beef” chunks in a single layer. Cook just until lightly browned, flipping them over to brown evenly.
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  3. Cool for a few minutes then shred by hand.
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  5. Heat the remaining cooking oil in a pan. Add the garlic, onion and chili flakes. Saute for a few minutes.
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  7. Add the shredded vegetarian “beef”. Stir in the paprika. Season with salt (the vegetarian “beef” is already seasoned so go easy on the salt) and a bit of sugar for balance. Sweet and spicy really go together well. If the vegetarian “beef” appears dry (it is fatless, after all), add about 2 tbsps. of water to moisten it and to make the blending of flavors easier.
  8. Serve the vegetarian tapa with rice and egg.

Preparation time: 5 minute(s)

Cooking time: 15 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 3

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  1. Jane says:

    Hi! I’m planning of making this for my birthday (breakfast at the office for about 20 people) and I’m thinking if you could suggest other recipes (like side dish) that would go well with this. Thanks

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