Knorr creates 100 Tapa dishes served in one day

Filipinos love for beef tapa is undeniable. It is a favorite and signature dish that both locals and foreigners will find in almost all households and restaurants in the Philippines.

Tapa came from the Sanskrit word tapas, which means “heat.” It was an ancient, pre-Hispanic practice of drying boar or deer meat under the heat of the sun to preserve them. Over the years, Filipinos have learned to marinade the meat with soy sauce and other seasonings prior to drying to give more taste to it.

Record-breaking tapa dishes in one day

Knorr National Tapa Day

In a record-breaking event hosted by Unilever Food Solutions (UFS) Philippines—the maker of Knorr, Lady’s Choice, Best Foods and Lipton, different kinds of tapa dishes were served showcasing the endless possibilities of using Knorr Liquid Seasoning for marinating and seasoning dishes.

“As the preferred food service partner by chefs, cooks, and restaurateurs all over the Philippines, it is our joy and task to ensure that we continue helping them with the right set of products to make their dishes better for their customers,” shared James Benedict Carreon, Managing Director of UFS Philippines. “Through the Knorr Tapa Fiesta, we have showcased how Knorr is every chef’s choice of ingredient to elevate the taste of Filipino dishes.”

UFS partnered with and challenged ten distinct chefs across the Metro to create their ten signature and unique tapa dishes. The different tapa dishes feature different tastes, texture, and even inspirations that went beyond imagination.

“This is a one of a kind event that has been made in the Philippines,” said Jacque Ruby of, a community that celebrates everyone who would like to be part of history, also A&E Networks Asia Head in the Philippines. “This sets a new record that Filipinos should be proud of!” 

Filipinos celebrate love for tapa on Knorr National Tapa Day

In celebration of this record-breaking event, Knorr extends to Filipinos the celebration of their love for tapa through the Knorr National Tapa Day happening on January 29, 2016.

For one day, Filipinos can celebrate their love for tapa through a one-day nationwide promotion where they can enjoy two platefuls of tapsilog for the price of one.

Filipinos can visit UFS’ TAPArtners nationwide such as Tapa King, Rufo’s, Countryside Steakhouse, Merzci Bakeshop & Restaurant, Floyd’s, and Taps for the buy one, take one promotion.

Starting store opening hours, Knorr National Tapa Day TAPArtners will treat the first 100 dine-in customers to a buy 1 take 1 promo. This promo applies to all ala carte tapsilog meals offered by participating establishments.

“Tapsilog is an all-day favorite meal by Filipinos,” shared Chef Brando Santos, UFS Senior Sous Chef. “This favorite is best enjoyed with another Pinoy culinary staple—Knorr Liquid Seasoning, which develops the savory taste that chefs and diners look for.”

Be inspired with more recipe ideas. Visit to see how using Knorr Liquid Seasoning as a marinade will elevate the flavors of your favorite restaurant dishes.



Chef Chef Abigail Martinez-Aluning

Chef Instructor, PACE 

  1. Braised Beef Tapa Short Ribs with Mixed Pickled Vegetables and Annatto Garlic Rice
  2. Tapa Bangers and Mash     
  3. Chicken Tapatori
  4. Tagalog Style Tapa Wings  
  5. Baked Tapa Mussels
  6. Shrimp Tapa in Filo Pastry 
  7. Jicama and Tofu Vegetable Tapa in Fresh Spring Roll 
  8. Beef Tapa Flakes in Soft Tortilla Cone with Oriental Dressing
  9. Tofu Tapa Steak with Assorted Vegetables
  10. Duck Tapa Arancini with Lime Aioli

Chef Christian Carpio

Executive Chef, St. Luke’s Medical Center – Bonifacio Global City 

  1. SLMC BGC Beef Sirloin Tapa
  2. Crispy Black Pepper Tapa
  3. Chicken Tapa Iberian Style
  4. Duck Floss Tapa
  5. Tinapa na Bangus
  6. Yemas Curadas Gambas Tapas
  7. Beef Tapa Shawarma Pita Pocket
  8. Dried Wood Ear Mushroom Tapa
  9. Mother in Law Beef Tapa
  10. Gluten Tapa

Chef Christopher Alarilla Bautista

Director of Culinary Institute, Lyceum of the Philippines University – Cavite

  1. Chicken Fried Tapa Steak
  2. Chicken Tapa Hash
  3. Ensaladang Tapang Bangus
  4. LS Tapa Flavored Poached Tofu
  5. Pork Tapsilog Roll
  6. Tapa Flavored Chicken Leg Confit
  7. Tapa Flavored Crevettes
  8. Tapa Seasoned Ratatouille
  9. Tapsigoreng
  10. Unilever Tapa Cheese Steak

Chef Demerlito Tulaylay

Food & Beverage Manager and Executive Chef, Victoria Court, Best Western Hotel La Corona Manila, Hotel La Corona De Lipa and Sohotel

Chef Instructor, Far Easter University and St. Jude College

  1. Korepachi
  2. Pork Tapyoza
  3. Tapang Kabute Kropeck
  4. Chicken Tapzadilla
  5. Tinolamen
  6. Yamang Dagat Curry-Kare
  7. Grilled Marinated Veggie Tapa Lasagna
  8. Crispy Seafood Sliders with Kani Coleslaw and Gabi Chips
  9. Squid Taparelleno
  10. Tapang Maki-sig 

Chef Joseph Ventura

Executive Chef/Consultant, Red Crab Group of Restaurants

  1. Pork Tapa Buns
  2. Unagi Style Fish Tapa Nigiri
  3. Pancit Tapa Patong (Batil Patong Style)
  4. Beef Tapa Chips
  5. Tapatacos
  6. Tapa n Mac n Cheese
  7. Tapa Croquettes
  8. Tapabimbap
  9. Tapa Flakes Sandwich
  10. Yakitapa

Chef Monicca Nocido-Dechavez

Chef Instructor & ProServ Consultant, Professional Academy for Culinary Education

  1. Lamb Tapa Kebab
  2. Ox Tongue Tapa
  3. Smoked Tuna Cheek Tapa in Rice Paper Wrapper
  4. Portabello Mushroom Tapa
  5. Black Silky Chicken-Oriental Tapa
  6. Grilled Jerk Chicken Tapa Skewers
  7. Shrimp Tapa in Oil with Grilled Herbed Bread
  8. Beef Tapa-brie and Emmenthal Cheesesteak Sandwich
  9. Duck Tapa and Mango Salad with Asian Style KLS-Citrus Dressing
  10. Spicy Tapa and Cream Cheese Empanaditas

Chef Sabrina Chu Gan

Adjunct Chef Instructor, De La Salle-College of St. Benilde

  1. Double-Fried Spicy Pork Tapa Spareribs
  2. Tapa-ella
  3. Stir-fired Tapa Duck and Turnip on Lettuce Cup
  4. Baked Sticky Tapa-marinated Wings with Saffron Aioli
  5. Spicy Shrimp Pasta with Butter-Tapa Sauce
  6. Fish Tapa-quitos Cups with Pico de Gallo and Sriracha Mayonnaise
  7. Spinach, Mushroom and Tofu Tapa Dumpling with Soy-Ginger and Rice Vinegar Dipping Sauce
  8. Minced Tapa Pork Roll in Beancurd Skin
  9. Tapa-style Tofu Salpicao
  10. Chicken Tapsilog Sushi

Chef Sonny Mariano

Corporate Chef Consultant/Executive Chef for Banzai, Sumosam Group

  1. Tapa and Tofu
  2. Lamb Tapa “Sundae”
  3. Duck Tapa Puff Pastry
  4. Chicken Tapa Mofongo
  5. Squid Ink and Salmon Tapa Croquette
  6. Eggplant Tapa Tacos
  7. Bangus Tapa Pizza
  8. Beef Tapa Quiche
  9. Salmon Tapa Roll
  10. Roasted Pepper and Beef Tapa Cheesecake

Chef Timothy Neil Abejuela

Executive Chef/Operations Manager, Max’s Group Inc.

  1. Pork Belly Tapa on Poached Egg & Kimchi Fried Rice (Seoul Flavored


  1. Grilled Sirloin Steak Tapa with Grilled Corn and Tangy Potato Salad (Steak Tapa a la Andres)
  2. Chicken Tapa Salad (White Tapa Salad)
  3. Seared Duck Breast served with Tapa Sauce Reduction (French Style Duck with Tapa Sauce)
  4. Tuna Tapa Roll
  5. Sun Dried Bangus Tapa
  6. Duo of Shitake and Oyster Mushroom Tapa with Garlic
  7. Tapa Chimichanga with Salted Egg and Tomato Salsa
  8. Tofu Tapa Bibimbap
  9. Duck Tapa Confit

Chef Mikel Francis Zaguirre

Executive Food Producer/Executive Chef, Junior Master Chef Philippines/Master Chef Philippines

Culinary Instructor, De La Salle-College of St. Benilde and Lyceum of the Philippines

  1. Pork Tapa “Sam-Gyup-sal”
  2. Beef Tapa on Toast
  3. Chicken Tapa Kebab Rice
  4. Tapa Wings
  5. Tapa Unaju Roll
  6. Prawn Tap-chi Rice
  7. Tagedashi Tofu
  8. Bacon Tapa Jam Flammenkeuche
  9. Watermelon & Grilled Tapa Salad
  10. Charlie Chan Chicken Tapa Special


Filipinos can visit the following TAPArtners on Knorr National Tapa Day:

P&N Countryside Steakhouse – Robinson’s Mall, Imus City; Covelianda Road, Binakayan, Kawit; PMI Student Center, Brgy. Burol Main, Dasmarinas City

Countryside Sizzling House – Centralmall, Salitran Dasmarinas City; Molino

Taps – MTS, Bolton, Duterte, Palma Gil, Damosa

Floyd’s – Delgado, Atrium, Nelly’s, Ayala, Plazuela

Tapa King – Boni, Carpark, Chino, Cubao, E. Rodriguez, G.A. Tower, Jupiter, Link, Taft, Mega, NetPlaza, Pioneer, RCBC, Uni-oil Monumento, Tutuban, Davao, Cagayan De Oro, Banawe, Harrison, Santana Grove, SMDC Welcome Rotonda, Naga Road, Las Pinas, Katipunan, La Union, Antipolo

Rufo’s – A. Venue, Paseo Center, BF Homes, Pearl Plaza, Shaw, St. Benilde, UST, McKinley Hill, Market! Market!, SM Mezza, Eastwood, UP-Ayaland Technohub, Timog, Telus Cubao, Robinsons Galleria, Star Mall Las Pinas

Merzci Bakeshop and Restaurant – Luzuriaga, Silay, Bago, La Carlota, Sagay

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Unilever Food Solutions – Who We Are

At Unilever Food Solutions, we help food operators all over the world serve tasty, wholesome meals that keep guests coming back for more.

We create ingredients that save precious prep time in the kitchen, without compromising on flavour or flair.  And constantly provide ideas and inspiration that keep your menu fresh and exciting. Our ingredients are some of the staples of professional kitchens in 74 countries around the world: Knorr, Lady’s Choice, Best Foods, Lipton and more.

We’ve been in food since the 1880s. We’re chefs ourselves. So we understand that critical balance between impressing your guests and making a profit. And how to keep your menus and recipes fresh and exciting, as times and tastes change.

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