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How to cook vegetarian tapsilog

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It looks like real tapsilog but it isn’t. This is vegetarian tapsilog. The tapa is soy-based mock beef that was fried, shredded then stir fried with garlic, onion, chilies, paprika, salt, pepper and sugar.

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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.

How to cook vegetarian tapsilog

How to cook vegetarian tapsilog

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 3
Author: Connie Veneracion

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons vegetable cooking oil
  • 12 to 15 vegetarian beef chunks
  • 1 large onion thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • salt to taste
  • sugar to taste
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Instructions

  • 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.
  • Cool until you can handle them without hurting your hands.
  • How to cook vegetarian tapsilog
  • Shred the “beef” chunks. How small or how large you want the shredded pieces to be is entirely up to you.
  • How to cook vegetarian tapsilog
  • Heat the remaining cooking oil in a pan. Add the garlic, onion and chili flakes. Saute for a few minutes.
  • How to cook vegetarian tapsilog
  • 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.
  • How to cook vegetarian tapsilog
  • Serve the vegetarian tapa with rice and egg.
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