Are you a fan of shawarma? Do you love the taste of grilled beef, safflower and margarine seasoned rice, lettuce, cucumber, and tomatoes all in one delicious meal? Then you’ll definitely want to try making beef shawarma Filipino style!
This dish is inspired by the Middle Eastern kebab but with a unique twist that Filipinos will surely love. In this blog post, we’ll show you how to make this classic dish with a few upgrades to take it to the next level.
So, get ready to learn how to make beef shawarma Filipino style and impress your family and friends with your culinary skills!
How To Make Beef Shawarma Filipino Style?
To make beef shawarma Filipino style, you’ll need thinly-sliced beef sirloin, tapa cut. For the marinade, mix together soy sauce, Knorr beef cube, calamansi juice, brown sugar, chopped garlic, and ground black pepper. Let the beef marinate for at least 30 minutes.
Next, prepare the garlic sauce by mixing Lady’s Choice Real Mayonnaise with garlic powder, salt, and pepper to taste. Set it aside.
For the filling, slice a medium-sized white onion thinly and deseed and slice three ripe tomatoes thinly. Peel and deseed half a cucumber and slice it into thin sticks. You can also add sliced singkamas if you like. Thinly slice two cups of cabbage or iceberg lettuce or red cabbage and grate half a cup of cheese.
Heat a pan over medium-high heat and cook the marinated beef until it’s browned and cooked through. Warm up medium flour tortillas or pita bread in the oven or on a pan.
To assemble the beef shawarma Filipino style, place a tortilla or pita bread on a plate. Add some of the cooked beef on top of it. Then add some of the sliced onions, tomatoes, cucumber sticks, sliced cabbage or lettuce, and grated cheese. Drizzle some of the garlic sauce on top.
Fold the tortilla or pita bread to wrap everything inside. Serve hot and enjoy!
Ingredients You’ll Need
To make beef shawarma Filipino style, you’ll need the following ingredients:
– Thinly-sliced beef sirloin, tapa cut (350g or 500g)
– Soy sauce (1/4 cup or 2 tbsp)
– Knorr beef cube (1 pc)
– Calamansi juice (4 pcs, juiced)
– Brown sugar (1 tbsp or 2 tbsp)
– Chopped garlic (1 tbsp or as desired)
– Ground black pepper (pinch or 1/2 tsp)
– Lady’s Choice Real Mayonnaise (1/2 cup)
– Garlic powder (1/4 tsp)
– Salt and pepper to taste
– Medium flour tortillas or pita bread (1 pack)
– White onion, sliced thinly (1 medium-sized)
– Ripe tomatoes, deseeded and sliced thinly (3 pcs)
– Cucumber, peeled, deseeded and sliced into thin sticks (1/2 pc)
– Singkamas, sliced into thin strips (optional, as desired)
– Thinly sliced cabbage or iceberg lettuce or red cabbage (2 cups)
– Grated cheese (1/2 cup)
These ingredients can be easily found in most grocery stores and supermarkets. Marinating the beef in the flavorful mixture of soy sauce, Knorr beef cube, calamansi juice, brown sugar, chopped garlic, and ground black pepper adds depth of flavor to the dish. The garlic sauce made with Lady’s Choice Real Mayonnaise, garlic powder, salt, and pepper complements the beef and vegetables perfectly. The tortillas or pita bread serve as a perfect base for the delicious filling made with sliced onions, tomatoes, cucumber sticks, sliced cabbage or lettuce, and grated cheese.
Marinating The Beef
To marinate the beef for beef shawarma Filipino style, start by placing thinly-sliced beef sirloin, tapa cut, in a bowl. In a separate bowl, mix together soy sauce, Knorr beef cube, calamansi juice, brown sugar, chopped garlic, and ground black pepper. Pour the marinade over the beef and mix well to ensure that all the pieces are coated evenly.
Let the beef marinate for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to penetrate the meat. For even better results, you can let it marinate overnight in the refrigerator.
When you’re ready to cook the beef, heat a pan over medium-high heat and add some oil. Once hot, add the marinated beef and cook until it’s browned and cooked through.
The marinated beef is now ready to be used in your beef shawarma Filipino style recipe. The combination of flavors from the marinade will give your dish a delicious and unique taste that will leave your taste buds wanting more.
Making The Shawarma Sauce
One of the key components of a delicious beef shawarma Filipino style is the flavorful sauce that goes on top. There are a few different options for sauces, but one popular choice is a garlic tahini sauce.
To make this sauce, you’ll need full-fat Greek yogurt, freshly squeezed lemon juice, tahini, pressed garlic cloves, fresh dill, fresh mint leaves, and fine sea salt. Simply mix all of these ingredients together in a bowl until well combined. You can adjust the amount of salt to your taste preference.
If you prefer a milder sauce, you can try making a simple garlic mayo instead. To do this, mix together plain yogurt, mayonnaise, fresh lemon juice, and grated garlic. You can add salt and pepper to taste.
Finally, if you’re looking for a quick and easy sauce option, you can try making a lemon tahini sauce. You’ll need tahini, freshly squeezed lemon juice, salt, and water. Mix these ingredients together in a bowl and add water one tablespoon at a time until the sauce reaches your desired consistency. You can also add any optional ingredients you like, such as chopped herbs or spices.
No matter which sauce you choose to make, it’s sure to add an extra layer of flavor to your beef shawarma Filipino style. Experiment with different combinations to find your favorite!
Preparing The Safflower And Margarine Seasoned Rice
To complete the dish, you’ll also need to prepare the safflower and margarine seasoned rice. Start by rinsing two cups of long-grain rice, such as Jasmine or Basmati, until the water runs clear. Then, add the rice to a pot with two cups of water and bring it to a boil.
Once boiling, reduce the heat to low and cover the pot with a lid. Let the rice simmer for about 18-20 minutes or until all of the water has been absorbed and the rice is tender.
While the rice is cooking, prepare the safflower and margarine seasoning. In a small pan, melt 1/4 cup of margarine over low heat. Once melted, add in 1/2 teaspoon of kasubha (also known as crocus or dried safflower) or substitute with turmeric powder for color.
Stir the seasoning mixture until well combined and fragrant. Once the rice is cooked, fluff it up with a fork and pour in the safflower and margarine seasoning. Mix well until all of the rice is coated evenly.
To serve, place a generous amount of the safflower and margarine seasoned rice on a plate or bowl. Top it with some of the cooked beef tapa and garnish with some lettuce leaves, sliced cucumber, and tomatoes. Serve hot alongside some garlic yogurt sauce on the side for dipping. Enjoy your homemade Pinoy Shawarma Rice!
Assembling The Shawarma
To assemble the beef shawarma, start by placing a warm tortilla or pita bread on a plate. Add a generous amount of the cooked beef on top of it. Spread the beef out evenly.
Next, add some of the sliced onions, tomatoes, and cucumber sticks on top of the beef. Make sure to distribute them evenly on top of the beef.
After that, add some of the sliced cabbage or lettuce on top of the vegetables. Finally, sprinkle some grated cheese on top of everything.
Drizzle some of the garlic sauce on top of the filling. You can add as much or as little as you like, depending on your preference.
To wrap the shawarma, fold one end of the tortilla or pita bread over the filling. Then fold both sides towards the center. Roll everything tightly until you have a compact wrap.
Repeat this process with the remaining tortillas or pita bread and filling until everything is used up.
Serve the beef shawarma Filipino style hot and enjoy!
Tips For A Perfect Beef Shawarma Filipino Style
Here are some tips to help you make the perfect beef shawarma Filipino style:
1. Choose the right cut of beef: To get the best results, use thinly-sliced beef sirloin, tapa cut. This cut is perfect for marinating and cooking quickly.
2. Marinate the beef: Marinating the beef is important to infuse it with flavor. Make sure to marinate it for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to penetrate the meat.
3. Use fresh ingredients: Use fresh vegetables like onions, tomatoes, and cucumber for a crisp and refreshing taste. You can also add singkamas for an extra crunch.
4. Warm up the tortillas or pita bread: Warm up the tortillas or pita bread in the oven or on a pan before assembling your shawarma. This will make them pliable and easier to fold.
5. Add a variety of fillings: To create a delicious and satisfying shawarma, add a variety of fillings like sliced onions, tomatoes, cucumber sticks, sliced cabbage or lettuce, and grated cheese.
6. Don’t skimp on the sauce: The garlic sauce is an essential part of the shawarma Filipino style. Make sure to prepare it according to your taste and drizzle generously over your shawarma.
7. Fold it properly: To avoid any mess, fold your shawarma properly by tucking in the sides and rolling it tightly from one end to another.
By following these tips, you can create a delicious and authentic beef shawarma Filipino style that will impress your friends and family.