Tapa King is a restaurant that serves a popular Filipino dish called tapsilog. The restaurant is very popular in the Philippines and has finally opened branches here in Singapore at Lau Pa Sat (same place as where the only Wendy’s in Singapore is) and one at Century Square in Tampines. There may be other branches but those are the only two I’m aware of.
Anyhow, my wife found out about it because of a person handing out flyers by the Tampines MRT station. She was a little disappointed at first but then realized she should check the food court. It wouldn’t make sense for them to hand out flyers there otherwise. Sure enough, Century Square had a Tapa King outlet:
She was so excited she couldn’t wait to share the experience with me, and I mean that literally. She went there for lunch and then told me in great detail about how good it was. Tapa King’s reputation is well known to Filipinos and many of them were lined up, along with curious locals, to get a taste of this great Filipino dish.
She didn’t want me to miss out on the experience so she sent me a copy of the menu so I could choose something for her to bring home with her:
Tender beef strips marinated in a savory sauce cooked over a griddle, served with fried egg, chopped tomato and garlic fried rice.
Tender beef strips marinated in a spicy sweetish sauce cooked over a griddle, served with fried egg, chopped tomato and garlic fried rice.
Tender beef strips marinated in sweetish sauce cooked over a griddle, served with fried egg, chopped tomato and garlic fried rice.
Tender beef strips cut in small pieces marinated in herbs and spices cooked over a griddle, served with fried egg, chopped tomato and garlic.
They all sounded pretty good, but I went ahead and asked for the Tapa King. The tapa dishes are their specialty so we didn’t bother with the other dishes. My wife says the Spicy Tuyo is good, but it’s dried fish and she figured I wouldn’t like that. Crispy Liempo is a piece of pork, if you’re wondering.
When she got home I eagerly opened the box, ready to dig in:
When I took the first bite, I knew I’d found a new favorite dish. I literally found myself scraping the container to get the last few bits of garlic rice and wished I’d had a second helping available. I’m excited to try the other versions the next time I’m in Tampines.
If you’re interested in trying some Filipino cuisine in Singapore, then I highly recommend Tapa King. You definitely won’t be disappointed!