A Fake Fancy Breakfast: Tapa-Flavored Steak and Eggs for under PHP200

February 29, 2020

People who eat steak for breakfast are in the same tier as people who take 5AM jogs, pay their bills on time, and are loved by their in-laws. It just means that you’ve got your life figured out. Well, here’s your chance to prove to the world that you’re on your shit; because having steak for breakfast needn’t cost a fortune, nor be so hard to do.

Raising the steaks to the tapa.

The secret to making these steak and eggs so accessible is making a beeline to the freezer section of your grocery. It’s not cheating; there are actually pretty good steaks there if you look hard enough. Some of them are even better than those in the butcher’s, given the circumstance. That said, make sure you get the right steak. In our case, we accidentally picked up cut up pieces, instead of whole steaks.

We flavored the dish with a familiar tapa marinade since it’s meant for breakfast. We also used jarred atchara because we were too lazy to make our own (though you can if you want to). Eggs in this dish are typically fry-ups, but do whatever you want.

Note: In the video, we poured the remaining sauce into the pan. That boiled the steak, making it tougher. We suggest only searing the steak, and discarding the leftover marinade.

Tapa Steak and Eggs

  • Serves: 2 people
  • Active time: 30 mins
  • Total time: 30 mins + 1hr/overnight
  • Difficulty: Easy



  • 2 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp. vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. sugar
  • 2 cloves garlic, smashed
  • Pepper, to taste


  • 2 breakfast steaks
  • 2 tbsp. oil


  • 4 eggs, cooked to preference
  • ½ cup atchara


  1. In a large bowl, mix together the soy sauce, vinegar, sugar, garlic, and pepper.
  2. Add the steaks and marinate 1 hour up to overnight.
  3. Remove steaks from marinade and pat dry.
  4. Heat oil in a large skillet over high heat.
  5. Sear steaks and cook, about 2 minutes per side, until cooked through and caramelized.
  6. Serve steaks with eggs and atchara.
Jica Simpas Jica Simpas

Jica hopes that by writing about food she'll actually learn how to cook. But for now, she'll happily just eat everything—especially cookies.

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