There are plenty of varieties of cured meat in the market right now, but beef tapa is undeniably one of the most sought after. Its unique texture and interesting ability to tickle the taste buds make it stand out from the rest of its competitors.
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Tapa is usually the go-to option if you need food that does not easily spoil. Tapa is prepared using various marinade, icludes vinegar and soy sauce, to help enhance the flavor of the meat. Sometimes, a concocotion of spices is rub to help add more flavor to the meat. The rub and marinade act as meat tenderizer, as well.. Different processing methods such as smoking is used to help preserve the meat for as long as possible.
Preparing the Meat
There are two main ways to prepare the very famous tapa so you and your family can enjoy it the most. These are as follows:
- The easiest way is to fry them. For this preparation method, all you have to do is to bring out your skillet and place a thin coating of cooking oil on the surface. You can fry the meat on the pan as soon as the oil is hot enough. For this preparation method to efficiently make your pata delicious, you need to fry both sides of the meat until they are done, crispy or it depends to your liking.
- Grilling them is the healthy alternative. Compared to frying, where you use ton of oil to cook the precious meat, this is usually slower but. Beside from the marinade you used during preparation, you can add more spices such as pepper, salt, and herbs to help you achieve the taste you like.
In the Philippines, tapa is typically served with rice and eggs. Fried garlic rice usually goes well with the combination. This kind of combination is more commonly known as tapsilog, the breakfast heaven for most Filipinos. And if you want to enhance the flavor of the cured beef, you may eat this along with achara or pickled papaya strips.
While it is advertised as a breakfast item, it is an all-around dish that is also perfect for lunch and dinner. Early preparation of tapa is especially handy if you do not have a lot of time, but you still want a delicious and fulfilling meal. Just serve it with a cup or warm rice and you’re good to go. You may even try different dips such as vinegar and ketchup to add zest to your dining experience. With tapa, the possibilities are endless, that is why tapa is a Filipino favorite..