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Traditionally a dish made with beef jerky, garlic fried rice and fried egg, Tapsilog is a meal loved by many Filipinos.

Put a new twist on this classic dish by switching out the beef with a tangy, pineapple and calamansi marinated pork steak, served with fried onion rings and Ensaladang Kangkong. 

Chef Tips and Techniques

  • The pork can be replaced with Bangus belly in this recipe. 
  • King Abalone Mushrooms and seared tofu can also be used to make this a vegetarian meal.

Ingredients

Pork Steak Tapa

  • 1kg Pork Steak, cut 1/3 inches thick
  • 50g Rock Salt
  • 250ml Knorr Liquid Seasoning 3.8L
  • 60ml Pineapple Juice
  • 10g Black Pepper, crushed
  • 100ml Fresh Calamansi Juice
     

Ensaladang Kangkong

  • 150ml Distilled White Vinegar
  • 20g White Sugar
  • 3g Rock Salt
  • 150g Kangkong Leaves (including tender parts of the stem), sliced into 1/2 inch segments, blanched
  • 100g Cucumber, seeded and cut into medium dice
  • 100g Cherry Tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 30g Shallots, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 5g Red Finger Chilies, thinly and diagonally sliced (optional)
     

Fried Onion Rings

  • 200g White Onions, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 5g Knorr Rostip Chicken Seasoning Powder 1kg
  • 80g All Purpose Flour
  • Oil (for deep frying)
     

To Assemble

  • 6cup Seasoned Garlic Rice          
  • 4pc Egg, fried   
  • Pork Steak Tapa
  • Fried Onion Rings
  • 20g Fried Garlic Bits       
  • Vinegar Dipping Sauce


Preparation

Pork Steak Tapa

  • Rub the pork with rock salt and wash under cold running water.
  • Pound the pork steak to tenderize the meat.
  • In a non-reactive bowl, combine the ingredients for the marinade. Pour half of the marinade over the pork and let stand for at least 30 minutes.
  • When making a big batch, you may portion the pork in individual vacuum bags.
  • Add the calamansi juice in the remaining marinade.
  • In a hot non-stick pan, add the oil. Drain the pork from its marinade, pan-fry the pork until they are cooked through. When the pork is about to be done, add sauce with calamansi. Let it simmer for 5 minutes to let the sauce reduce slightly into a glaze. Set aside in the pan until ready to assemble.
     

Ensaladang Kangkong

  • Combine the vinegar and sugar in a sauce pan. Bring to a boil. Turn down the heat and let it simmer for a couple more minutes. Stir in the rock salt.
  • Place the pickling liquid over ice to cool it down faster.
  • Combine all the vegetables together in a non-reactive bowl.
  • Add the pickling liquid to the vegetables and let it stand for at least 30 minutes before serving.


Fried Onion Rings

  • To make the fried onion rings, toss the onions with Knorr Rostip Seasoning Powder and all-purpose flour. Deep-fry until golden brown. Strain then place on paper towels.


To Assemble

  • To plate, arrange 1 ½ cup of fried garlic rice on one side of the plate. Arrange pickled vegetables, fried egg, and pork around the rice.
  • Glaze the pork with some of its sauce. Top the pork with the fried onions.
  • Sprinkle the rice with garlic chips and spring onions.

 

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