Taps is a Davao institution, it has been serving good food in Davao since 1985. I used to go to Taps pretty regularly, but it’s been a few years since I have had their food. I recently saw an article in the newspaper about Taps and how they are changing their restaurants a bit, so it reminded me that I need to give them a try again.
Taps sells tapsilog. For my American friends and other foreigners, you are probably asking, what is tapsilog? Well, it’s pretty simple. Tapsilog is a meal that consists of Tapa (a semi-dried beef), sinangag (garlic fried rice) and itlog (egg). There are other combinations too, usually just changing to a different meat. For example, my favorite is chosilog, which is Chorizo, Garlic Fried Rice and Egg. At Taps they have maybe 20 or so different types of Tapsilog meals.
Taps, obviously, is short for Tapsilog.
Back about ten years ago or so, a friend and I were looking for a place to eat breakfast one morning, and as we drove around Davao, we saw a Taps restaurant. There are lots of Taps locations around town. We decided to give it a try. I ordered Tosilog (the meat would be Tocino, a type of cured pork), but they misunderstood me and gave me “Chosilog” instead, with Chorizo. I liked it, so I have stuck with that over the years.
I never had been a fan of rice, especially for breakfast. I would eat rice with my dinner from time to time, but usually would stick with potatoes, though. That, however, is not an option at Taps – you just get rice with your meal! So, I tried it, and I liked it. Very nice garlic flavor. I am still not a big rice eater, but I do enjoy having rice at Taps.
As I said, I almost always have Chorizo with my Taps meal. From time to time will go for longanisa, a type of Filipino pork sausage, but usually it’s chorizo for me.
Perfectly cooked egg?
Finding an egg that is properly cooked in the Philippines is not an easy thing. Usually, for me, the eggs in the Philippines are overcooked. The yolks are usually fully cooked. When I eat an egg, there is nothing better to me than a nice runny yolk. When I go to Taps, I get a nice runny yolk without even asking (most of the time). I really do enjoy the eggs at Taps, and could not ask for them to be cooked better.
And to top it off…
Great food is hard to beat, and Taps has great food. There is another thing that makes it even better. It’s cheap! For the Chosilog that I like, you get one large piece of Chorizo (maybe 5″ long or so), one egg and a cup of fried rice for P65. That is roughly $1.50. How can you beat that? Truth is, you can’t beat it! Heck, I’m not even certain that you can cook the same thing at your home for that price! If you can, you sure could not do it much cheaper than that. Really, no matter what type of meat you choose with your meal, the price is close to that, P65 or so. It varies a bit, depending on the meat, but usually no more than P10 difference.
If you are hungry, and looking for something a little different, give Taps a try! I think you’ll like it. It’s simple food, and it’s simply delicious!