Saturday, June 30, 2007

Sunday Brunch Meme: Tapsilog

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What happened to all my breakfast posts? This blog is called 80 Breakfasts after all. I started with some, and continued with others, but after too short a while they petered off into lunches and dinners, and even desserts. Holidays and big events came and went, and not a breakfast in sight. Did I stop eating breakfast? Did I suddenly have another favorite meal?

No, I still love breakfast. And yes, I still have them. But (sigh) this girl has gotten a bit weary of working late into the night to have the energy to make breakfast before C goes off to work. Yeah, I know, tut-tut and all that.

I, however, hate to wallow in melancholy…not matter how seductive and tempting it can sometimes be. So thank goodness for Rosa and her fantastic Sunday Brunch Meme…just the kick in the tush I needed!

Now, there are a myriad of wonderful things I can think of having for brunch, things involving smoked salmon and champagne, eggs benedict and mounds of pancakes. Instead, I decided to make something, well, something more Filipino. When it comes to Filipino food I am just a guppy in a sea of dolphins. Everyone swimming faster and better than me. A situation I have been trying to rectify. So what better place to start than breakfast…ok, brunch but let’s not quibble.

This is a very typical “-silog” type breakfast called tapsilog. What it is, is tapa (cured meat), sinangag (fried rice), and itlog (egg). Filipinos are breakfast fiends! We know how to make sure our bellies are filled before starting a busy day. And that means rice. There is a ton of different versions of this…just change the first syllable. Substitute the tapa with tocino (cured pork that’s kinda sweet) and you have tosilog, use longganisa (local sausage) and you have longsilog, and so on and so forth. Check the Lasang Pinoy round I hosted for a slew of Filipino breakfasts (and you will see just how popular the "-silogs" are).

This breakfast makes a wonderful Sunday brunch (we had it last Sunday), especially if you have been out dancing the night before. Truth be told, this will more likely appear on our Sunday brunch table than a bunch of breakfasts sweets because C is not much for sweets (I must have mentioned this before…). Although sweets will make their appearance during the week, after C has left for the office, hehehe :)

The tapa I used here is not the usual beef tapa, but tapang baboy damo (wild boar tapa). A gift from the mum-in-law again (thank you mum-in-law!) :) It was extremely tasty and had a stronger flavor than regular pork. As is customary, we doused the meat with my homemade vinegar mix that has pieces if sili (bird’s eye chili…what you see in the photo), ginger, garlic, and pepper steeping in it. I don’t have tapa without it.

Rosa, I owe you a big thank you for getting something close to a breakfast post back on the program. Once again, my head is filling up with all sorts of breakfast ideas. Is the return of breakfast posts on 80 Breakfasts imminent? No promises! (A new alarm clock might be a good first step though…)

22 comments:

aria said...

i read this before i got to work in my rss reader and had to come look again as soon as i got to my desk. yum, this looks so good!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Thanks for your participation! I'm glad my idea was helpful...

Great explanation/post! Your breakfast looks ever so yummy!

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Very excellent photo Joey! Wish I could find that on my table when I go down for brunch tomorrow.

Kelly-Jane said...

Great post, and interesting brunch too. 'A guppy in a sea of dolphins' we used to have a lovely Filipino lady next door, and I to was that guppy ;) :)!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Aria! Thanks! :) Glad you think so...this is something very typical and simple here...and also much loved :)

Hi Rosa! Thank you for putting together this great event! :)

Hi Tanna! Thank you :) Send the boat for me and you just might ;)

Hi Kelly-jane! Heehee :) Glad to know I'm not alone in guppy-town :) It's hard when everyone around me seems to have had such a great head start! But I'm game for the race ;)

kaoko said...

Lovely lovely post. Only, it's on the side of ebil since it's 6:45 and I should be preparing for work. Now you have me thinking about cooking a quick breakfast before leaving. Ebil dilemma on a Monday morning...

Carina said...

Hi. I love your photos :D

christine said...

My favorite of all the "silogs" is the longsilog or the chosilog (chorizo) we have at home. If they weren't so bad for me I'd have it everyday. Thank goodness I love good stuff like cereal, yogurt and muesli just as much! I feel so bad, I bookmarked this event over at Rosa's but never got around to joining what with my backlog of posts and stuff. So it was nice to read yours, and I can't wait to read everyone else's. :)

Midge said...

Oi, you're posting about breakfasts again! Tapa is always a treat. You should try the tapang usa from one of the meat vendors at Market! Market!; the venison is a bit tough but oh-so-flavorful.)

Loved your "bakies" post, too, BTW. ^_-

Amanda at Little Foodies said...

I don't really eat breakfast, something my children are still blissfully unaware of (I want them to love breakfast). It's just too early for me, saying that if I was served this for breakfast I'd eat it no problem and ask for seconds.

ChichaJo said...

Hi Kaoko! Heehee :) Well, this is a Sunday brunch so not really for whipping up on a Monday morning (unless you have the time of course), but I'm sure you could turn it into a cute bento meal :)

Thank you Carina! :)

Hey Nens! I'm with you! My favorite is really longsilong :) And we are also together in the loving of grains and cereals!

Hi Midge! Thanks! :) Yes, tapang usa is something my dad has always told me to try...I will one of these days :)

Hi Amanda! I am always going back and forth between my love for breakfast and my need for a couple more minutes of snooze time :) But a good breakfast can really get me out of bed! :)

Tartelette said...

Great picture! This dish looks fantastic!

Stephen said...

Looks delicious. I love Fillipino food. My ex-girlfriend took tagalog a ways back and we were introduced to chicken adobo and other amazing dishes. Great photos too. Thanks.

Ryan said...

Try Tapang Taal from Batangas. Its pork tapa but with a sweet and savory flavor.
For me, I don't like tapa that was marinated in pineapple juice. I like the old fashioned vinegar and soy sauce marinade.

ChichaJo said...

Thanks Helen! :)

Hi Stephen! thanks :) Glad to hear you like Filipino food! :) I am still trying to master adobo...

Thanks for the tip Ryan :) I'll try that!

MeltingWok said...

I'm gamed for cured meats, have not tried the Filipino style before, sounds delicious. The chinese version are quite similar, my mom use to make a cured meat sandwich heehe, smack them between cucumbers and mashed mayonnaise eggs, yums ! ahh..brings back memories :)

ChichaJo said...

Hi Meltingwok! Your mom's cured meat sandwiches sound yummy! Must try that sometime :)

MikeMina said...

Fantastic post, Joey! Tapsilog and other silogs are some of my fave breakfast treats. I also love the presentation! Where'd you get that kawali from? I'd love to buy some for our use here at the orphanage!

ChichaJo said...

Thanks Mike! :) I got the mini kawali at SM home section...I love it too! And wait, that is not all they have! They also have mini saingan pots that are really cute :) So perfect for individual servings of sinagang!

veron said...

Oh my...one of my favorite things to eat for breakfast....even lunch or dinner. Tapsilog rules!

Lani said...

Hi, Joey. Thanks for posting my fave from the "silog" group :)

ChichaJo said...

Hi Veron! Haha! :) Yup, this is great any time of day!

Hi Lani! You are very welcome :) Glad to hear it's a fave :)