Tapsilog, a type of silog with Tapa
TypeBreakfast dish
Place of originPhilippines
Main ingredientsMeat, rice, and egg

Silog is a class of Filipino breakfast dishes containing sinangag (fried rice) and itlog (egg; in context, fried egg). They are served with various viands or ulam, usually meat dishes such as tapa, longganisa or ham. The name of the accompanying meat dish determines the portmanteau name of the silog; for example, the former three would be known as tapsilog, longsilog, and hamsilog.[1]


The first type of silog to be named as such was the tapsilog. It was originally intended to be quick breakfast or late-night hangover fare. It developed from tapsi, which referred to meals of beef tapa and sinangag with no fried egg explicitly mentioned, and diners which mainly or exclusively served such meals were called tapahan or tapsihan in Filipino.[2] The term tapsilog was originally established in the 1980s and came from the Tapsi ni Vivian ("Vivian's Tapsi") restaurant in Marikina. According to Vivian del Rosario, owner of Tapsi ni Vivian, she was the first to use the term tapsilog.[3][4]

Due to the popularity of this type of cuisine in the Philippines, some restaurants, fast food chains such as Jollibee and McDonald's Philippines and even hotels have included silogs on their breakfast menus, and some restaurants and fast food chains like Tapa King and Rufo's Famous Tapa exclusively or mainly serve this type of dish. Some diners like the first Tapsi ni Vivian in Marikina and Rodic's Diner in the University of the Philippines Diliman campus in Quezon City have also opened other branches after becoming recognized for their silog dishes.[5]

Types of silog

Toci-longsilog, a silog with tocino and longganisa
Spamsilog, a type of silog with Spam

Following the development of tapsilog, many other types of silog have been created, all based around garlic-fried rice and fried egg, and suffixed with -silog.[6][7] Due to the malleable nature of the dish, basically anything can be silog if served with fried rice and fried egg. Abbreviated examples (in alphabetical order) commonly seen in silog eateries and restaurants include:

Beef pares, another common Filipino short-order diner dish, may sometimes be known as "paresilog", "paressilog", etc. if served with a fried egg, since both dishes traditionally include fried rice.

There is a similar dish from Malaysia, the nasi lemak, which is served in a variety of manners using meat, egg and rice with coconut milk.[8]

While a proper silog has sinangag or fried rice, some diners have tried passing off the "si" in silog to stand for sinaing, plain boiled rice, in order to cut costs. Sometimes the boiled rice is topped with fried garlic flakes and passed off as "garlic rice", though the term "garlic rice" is properly understood as rice stir-fried with garlic. More honest places will call this "kalog", from kanin, the general term for cooked rice. It is also possible to come across "silog" as its own menu option which is just fried rice and egg. If one wishes an additional fried egg, the order may sometimes have an additional "log"; i.e., tapsilog with extra egg is "tapsiloglog", etc. and this may be extended ad infinitum.

See also


  1. ^ "Tapsilog and other Silogs: garlic rice & egg are the ultimate pairing". Glutto digest. 28 March 2018. Retrieved May 26, 2019.
  2. ^ Lacorte, Germelina (April 13, 2013). "The man who brought 'tapsilog' to Davao". Retrieved August 28, 2022.
  3. ^ Rodriguez, Jon Carlos (March 1, 2014). "Meet the Pinay who started the 'tapsilog' craze". ABS-CBN News. Quezon City: ABS-CBN Corporation. Retrieved May 26, 2019.
  4. ^ Estrella, Serna (March 15, 2019). "A Brief History of the Tapsilog and Its Many Variations". pepper. Retrieved May 26, 2019.
  5. ^ Amoyan, Christele J. (June 6, 2014). "Bentesilog: Serving popular Pinoy breakfast all day long". Entrepreneur Philippines. Retrieved May 26, 2019.
  6. ^ "SILOG – VARIATIONS". Tagalog Lang. Retrieved May 26, 2019.
  7. ^ "Famous Silogs of the Philippines". ChoosePhilippines. August 29, 2013. Retrieved May 26, 2019.
  8. ^ Michellon, Clémence (January 31, 2019). "Nasi lemak: What is the Malaysian dish and why is it being celebrated?". The Independent. Retrieved May 26, 2019.