The Philippines' Tapa King in Singapore
Lau Pa Sat is increasingly filled with lots of Filipino shops, eh? This one a big chain from the Philippines, with its first overseas location in Singapore. Not to be confused with Spanish tapas, Filipino tapa is a form of cured meat that is often served with garlic fried rice and an egg. I was a bit hesitant about this, thinking that the meat would be annoyingly sweet, but it wasn't at all. It was mildly savory and much more moist and tender than I had imagined it to be, allowing me to wolf this thing down in the blink of an eye...and in fact go back for seconds.
But the second time around, I got this crispy liempo instead, which was basically a piece of grilled pork belly, and with literally half of it being pure fat. It was delicious; just like that backfat chicharon stuff, it wasn't the best thing for your body, but it was insidiously tasty. There was plenty of vinegar and sour soup at hand to cut through the fat if you needed it. I'm definitely going to have to work this one off though (and properly purge my system with some greens), especially given the biryani that I just had yesterday too.