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