Making Beef Tapa for a TapSiLog Business

Tapa is a meat viand typically made from thinly-sliced beef (tapang baka), and served with rice and egg in the much-loved tapsilog. It is marinated with a mildly sweet sauce, suited to the Pinoy palate, and is a favorite in eateries all over the country.

Filipinos never tire of tapsilog, Plus, by preparing this from your home, you guarantee freshness and top-quality ingredients compared to the store varieties. This viand can come in several ways — as lunch boxes, sandwiches, frozen bulk purchases, etc. — so you have a number of business options.

Start-up capital is P5,000, and time to finish is 1 day.

Materials Needed:

  • Meat pounder, P50
  • Stainless steel bowl, P150
  • Plastic container, P50
  • Frying pan, P200

Ingredients:

  • 1 kg lean beef (beefsteak cut, round, or rump), sliced 1/4 inch thick, P250
  • Salt, P3
  • Ground black pepper, P3
  • Sugar, P10
  • 2 tbsp Finely chopped garlic, P10
  • 1/2 tsp Distilled white vinegar, P10
  • Soy sauce (optional), P10
  • Vegetable oil, P10
  • MSG (vetsin)

Getting Started

  1. Use the meat pounder to tenderize and thin out the meat.
  2. Place the meat into the stainless steel bowl, together with salt, pepper, sugar, chopped garlic, MSG, white vinegar, and 3 to 4 tbsp of soy sauce. Mix well.
  3. Transfer everything to a plastic container, and let meat marinate for about 12 hours in the refrigerator. Remove and mix again.
  4. You can opt to repack and freeze the meat for a later date. When the meat is ready to be served, fry in a hot pan, using vegetable oil. Tapa is usually eaten together with fried rice and egg.

Tips:

  • The finer the quality of the meat, the less tough the resulting tapa should be.
  • Don’t be afraid to experiment — create tapa sandwiches, chicken tapa, vegan tapa, etc.

How Much Will You Make

Each serving of beef tapa will cost roughly P30. Even adding just a 70% margin (a price of about P50) to cover the equipment and overhead costs will be enough to recoup your investment in a few months time.

source: Katrina Tan, www.entrepreneur.com.ph

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