Longsilog: Something Heavy for Breakfast

Care for some Longsilog? As much as I would like to share this with you, I already consumed everything this morning for breakfast. Don’t fret; I can still share the recipe of longganisa and sinangag so that you can make your own meal.


I activated a poll (see sidebar for details) two weeks ago and I asked this question: what type of food do you usually eat for breakfast. The choices were rice, bread, cereals, and fruits. Based on the given choices, which do you think got the most votes? If you have rice in mind, then you are correct. Filipinos and most Asians in general love to eat rice in almost every meal. Rice provides more energy and keeps us full and focused longer.

Longsilog is a short for Longganisa (Filipino sausage), Sinangag (garlic rice), at itlog (fried egg). This is my idea of a heavy breakfast. If I am in the mood, this can be heavier than it looks. I’m talking about three more sausages and an extra cup of garlic rice. Seems like brunch isn’t it? But, it is not.

Eating heavy breakfast gives me the energy that I need to start my morning right; it also keeps me focused on my morning tasks. Did I also mention that eating regular heavy breakfast can boost your metabolism? What did you have for breakfast today?


“Almusal naman ang pag usapan natin” (Let’s talk about breakfast). There is nothing like a delicious warm Tapsilog to start-up my day. This was what I had for breakfast this morning. I can still remember the taste of the tender homemade beef tapa and the smell of the sinangag. In fact, I can still smell the garlic till now (oops, forgot to brush).


This meal needs no introduction since most of us might be familiar with it. But, let me provide a little description for the benefit of our non-Filipino readers. Tapsilog is a slang (which later became an accepted name) for a meal consisting of tapa (cured beef similar to beef jerky), sinangag (garlic fried rice), and pritong itlog (fried egg).

“Kuya, where is the cooking video?” Sorry guys, there is no video for this post. My beautiful wife prepared this delicious meal for me. In fact, the meal was already served when I woke-up this morning. Don’t worry; I’ll try to convince her to do some cooking videos in the future – but I’ll need your help on that.

Also, this category which I call “What’s cooking” is all about the simple foods that we have everyday. Videos are not necessary for this category given that most of the featured items are simple to prepare; some might already have their own post or video (like the beef tapa and sinangag). But if you really insist, I can put a video of myself singing Frank Sinatra’s My Way (just don’t stab me or anything). Seriously, you can always shoot me an email or post your questions anytime.

The best tapsilog that I had is quite uncommon. Instead of beef, horse meat or “tapang kabayo” is served along with sinangag and fried egg. There is a stretch of tapsihan in Don Galo, Paranaque that only serves this special tapsilog. My favorite tapsihan in that area is called Maty’s (I’m not sure if it is still in business though).

How about you? Can you recommend a place that serves good tapsilog?