Tapa Frita is a Filipino dish where thinly sliced pork similar to tapa cut is cooked with tomato sauce, carrots, potato, pickles and cheese.
I guess you would know by now that one of this blogs mission is to unearth Filipino recipes that are either heirloom, unpopular and/or long forgotten, hence once in a while even if you are expert in the Filipino cuisine you would see odd recipes that looks something new but in fact they were just hiding in someone else’s old closet and needs to be shared to the world and document the recipe along the way. Our recipe today is one great example of it, when you search online, there are no recipes or even a short description associated with it, what you will find are three Instagram hashtags for it and a mention on two different websites (as of this writing). Of the three Instagram posts only one looks like the real tapa frita and from the two sites I had mentioned there is only one photo.
I had heard of this dish many years ago back in the Philippines, in fact it is one of the popular carinderia items on the eatery I used to go before back in High School. I was trying to recall them, and I know it is cooked like menudo but with cheese and pickles, luckily as I was liking pictures on Instagram, I saw this dish, named but was not hash tagged and that made my recollection more concrete.
So what is Tapa Frita? I guess the best definition for this is it’s a dish prepared like Menudo with Cheese, Kaldereta without the Chilli and sliced like a Pork Tapa Slice then ingredients like pickle, carrot and potato are also present. Some will argue, it is just a gloried Menudo and my answer to that is if it’s the same then why it does not taste similar? Because this one is cheesy, sweet and tangy which a menudo is definitely not. As for the history until now I am searching for it and if someone out there knows about this let us know from the comments below so we can share it to the whole world.