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Tapapa Marikina

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Tapapa Marikina is your newest and hippest hole in the wall eatery located along J.P. Rizal Street, in Barangay Malanday, Lamuan. The name Tapapa comes from the two Filipino words:  tapa and pares.  Tapa is a typical Filipino breakfast dish made from thinly sliced meat either smoked or cured, perfectly paired with garlic rice. Pares is your classic Filipino beef stew also served with garlic rice and soup.

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Although the pandemic shut down many businesses, many of them, despite many challenges became stronger and stayed in demand. With most of us locked down in our own houses, food delivery immediately became a hit and was the main source of income for our  local food business warriors. They officially opened on May 19, 2019 and opened their second branch in Maginahawa Street, Quezon City on August 5, 2022.  Check out our food recommendations from Tapapa. 



Tapares
is their star dish and the most salable item in their menu. This is the perfect definition of the phrase breakfast of champions. Served with tapa and pares, sunny side up egg, garlic rice and hash browns. I liked how they've prepared their tapa. It had that light smoky flavor scent and it was kind of toasted underneath yet somewhat moist on top. The pares stew was not too sweet although I was looking for the moderately sweet taste that I was used to.  The meat was a little tough but can be easily fixed.  Priced at 220.


Sizzling Sisig is one of my most favorite food in Tapapa.  Priced at ₱120 an order, it's surely bang for one's buck. It's not healthy yet very fulfilling.  Calling all sisig lovers out there. 


Bulalo ng Tagaytay is boiled beef shank and some marrow soup. A big bowl of this soup this February will surely make everyone happy. The meat was kind of hard but the soup had that clean aftertaste and not oily. It was filled with so much vegetable and oozing with beefy flavor. ₱160 for medium sized bone marrow and ₱199 for large sized bone marrow. 


Roasted Bone Marrow Pares comes with garlic rice and hash browns. Priced at ₱175. Very affordable and creamy.


Platter in a Box B is their priciest item in their store (
₱399) yet it is your most perfect happy box that you can take home with you to share with your family and loved ones. It contains the most flavorful and sinful food that you can possibly think of. It has your slightly sweet salty tapa, Vigan bagnet, Vigan longganisa, Hungarian sausage, two sunny side up eggs and two cups of garlic rice. It also comes with your favorite condiments (toyo, suka at calamansi).  


Tapapa is you go-to place if you are craving for anything. They have tapa, pares, fish, soup, taco, everything. You name it, they have it. Open from sunrise to sundown, breakfast to dinner and even midnight snack, from 6:30AM to 12:30AM, Mondays to Saturdays. Visit their store located along J.P. Rizal Street, Malanday (Lamuan) near Graceland Plaza. You can contact them via their Facebook and Instagram accounts or order via Food Panda and Grab Food. Let's support the small local businesses.

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Rekado Modern Filipino Cuisine

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Rekado Modern Filipino Cuisine is derived from the word "rekado" which means ingredients in Filipino. Filipino food is known to be "marekado" or has so much ingredients. It is a very catchy name for a restaurant and it is the name of the newest food place in Concepcion Dos.  It is a modern Filipino restaurant with a twist. They make your familiar old-style home Filipino cooking and turn it into their own. The place is little small yet warm and cozy. Everything looked so clean and fresh to the eyes.


Rekado is managed and owned by several courageous entrepreneurs who had decided to quit all their cool but tiring jobs abroad and opened a business in Marikina City.  Chef Marco Bitong, their main man, drew inspiration of his dream from his biggest inspiration and idol, his mom. When he was young, he was his mom's assistant during cooking. He would help her by preparing all the ingredients. He would cut the vegetables and prepare all the meat. He did not want to be a chef before, he admitted, but he just could never stop watching his mother cooking. He loved her Caldereta, Dinuguan and Kare Kare. He told us how he would ask his mom to teach him her secrets in cooking but she just encouraged him to watch and to make his own versions of those dishes. We were fortunate enough to experience and taste some of his masterpieces.


Chicharong Bulaklak is a deep-fried ruffled fat made from pig's intestine, a very popular "pulutan" or appetizer. It is best consumed with alcohol but can also be enjoyed with hot steamy rice. It is an oily food and can be lessen by dipping into spicy vinegar. It was not as crispy as I thought it would be but it was perfectly and evenly seasoned though.  If it was made crispy enough, it would be my personal favorite.


Tinapa Roll is another deep-fried appetizer made from tinapa flakes, diced vegetables, salted egg and lumpia wrapper. The lumpia wrapper was a little thick but the filling was tasty and the light tangy vinegar sauce complimented it quite well as it felt light, not oily.


Bam-I or Pancit Bisaya is a Filipino noodle dish which first started in Cebu City. It is quite similar to our favorite pancit canton flavored with chopped vegetables, small shrimps and garnished with calamansi fruit. The serving is a little small, I think. I hope they will side it with small pandesal bread.
Laing is simple and spicy yet true to its taste. Very tasty and perfect with hot white rice.

Sweet and Spicy Garlic Chicken reminds me of Bonchon's Soy Garlic Chicken. Perfectly crunchy glazed chicken.  You can enjoy it with or without rice.


Curry Bicol Express is your favorite spicy Bicol Express enhanced with curry and spice. Another cup of hot rice, please.

Prawn Spicy Aligue has this rich tasty vibrant sauce that is not just visually stunning but also satisfying.
Sinigang na Bulalo is one of their most popular dishes. Served hot and sour, this is definitely one of our Rekado favorites.
Beef and Tripe Kare Kare is creamy and has a rich texture. Marikeños will love this.
Boneless Crispy Pata is literally a killer and a monster, both in size and taste.  Drooling?

Crispy Leche Flan is new and definitely different. Leche Flan strips carefully wrapped in lumpia wrappers and deep-fried into sweet perfection, then beautifully decorated with chocolate syrup.

Rekado Modern Filipino Cuisine is a combination of something modern yet familiar, old yet new, truly Filipino but with a twist. They have a really big menu and lots of foods to choose from. Quality yet affordable food for big groups and families. Chef Marco Bitong had experiences working professionally in big restaurants like Red Crab, Victoria Sports Tower and Mesa. They are open daily from 11AM to 2PM and 5PM to 11PM. Visit Rekado along Katipunan Street, Concepcion Dos. Click here to follow them on Facebook. Click here to view their map for directions.

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