We Tried to Hack Rodic’s Tapa So You Can Make It at HomeJuly 2, 2018
Rodic’s is nothing short of legendary in the UP Diliman campus. It has the atmosphere of a small, simple canteen. It serve essential Filipino rice meals, which draw students and school staff alike to it every mealtime. Its quick and affordable menu items are perfect for carbo-loading during hell weeks, and the environment has a certain nostalgic hominess that allows customers to unwind. It’s also a clean and charming place that might be hard for outsiders to locate without asking for directions, but the result is like finding a treasure at the end of a rainbow.
Of course, the treasure you’ll find will likely be served with tasty garlic rice and an egg topping. One cannot mention Rodic’s without bringing up its famous beef tapa, which is a treasure in itself. It’s easy to see why it’s so famous. The meat is flaky and tender, not to mention juicy from the first bite to the last. Its seasoning has a distinct sweetness, but its texture also reminds you that what you’re eating is definitely some tasty meat.
The garlic rice complements the juiciness of the shredded beef, and the yolky-but-burnt-on-the-edges egg only enhances its taste. Though it’s perfect as a breakfast meal, it also works well for lunch and dinner. And it takes you back home.
Rodic’s Tapa Food Hack
Total time: 45 minutes
Yield: 8 servings
- 500g beef sirloin tapa cut, slice into 1 cm strips against the grain
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 1 tsp oil
- 2-4 cups water
- garlic rice, to serve
- sunny side up egg, to serve
- tomato wedges, to serve
- Boil together beef, sugar, garlic powder, pepper, oil and water.
- Boil until beef is tender and easily pulls apart.
- Once tender, drain from liquid and flake/ shred the meat. Leave the liquid in the same pan.
- After shredding meat, put back in liquid and continue cooking until all the liquid has evaporated.
- Turn off fire and set aside.
- Put rice on plate, top with shredded beef.
- Serve with fried egg and tomato wedge on the side.