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Tapa and Egg Fried Rice

Tapa made from horse meat and easy egg fried rice with pickled papaya on the side. This dish is perfect for breakfast or lunch.
Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time35 mins
Course: Breakfast Meal
Cuisine: Filipino
Keyword: beef tapa, fried rice, jerky
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 798kcal
Author: Vanjo Merano


Tapa ingredients:

  • 1 lb. horse meat sliced into thin pieces.
  • 1 head garlic crushed
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • ¾ cups water
  • 1 ½ cups lemon lime soda
  • 4 tablespoons cooking oil

Egg fried rice ingredients:

  • 4 cups leftover rice
  • 3 eggs beaten
  • 1 onion minced
  • ¼ cup green onion chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper minced
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt optional


  • Start making the tapa by combining garlic, soy sauce, salt, and ground black pepper in a bowl. Stir. Add the meat and mix well. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least 3 hours.
  • Slice the meat into thinner and smaller pieces as needed. Arrange it in a pan and pour-in water and cooking oil. Let boil.
  • Add the lemon lime soda. Continue cooking uncovered until the liquid completely evaporates.
  • Fry the tapa in remaining oil for 2 minutes. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  • Make the egg fried rice by frying the eggs in the remaining oil.
  • Once completely cooked, cut the eggs into smaller pieces using your spatula.
  • Add onion, half of the green onions, and bell pepper. Cook for 2 minutes while continuously stirring.
  • Put the leftover rice into the pan and then toss until all the ingredients are well distributed.
  • Add soy sauce and sesame oil. Continue to stir fry for 3 to 5 minutes. Note: You may add salt if needed.
  • Top with remaining green onions. Transfer to a serving plate and serve with the fried tapa. Share and enjoy!


You can also use the following proteins as a substitute to horse meat: beef or pork.
Boiling the tapa before frying is a good way to ensure that the meat gets tender. However, you can skip this process if your protein of choice is tender enough to begin with. However, you will need to add a cup of lemon lime soda to the marinade.


Calories: 798kcal | Carbohydrates: 66g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 44g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 21g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 203mg | Sodium: 4255mg | Potassium: 733mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 2674IU | Vitamin C: 45mg | Calcium: 97mg | Iron: 5mg