June 12, 2011 marked the 113th year of Philippine Independence. I’m not really into history but I find it interesting to see in person the Aguinaldo Shrine in Kawit, Cavite. Yeah, I’m talking about that ancestral home at the back of the old 5 peso bill.
We left Cubao 4:30am and reached Kawit around 6:30, just in time for President Noy’s raising of the flag and speech. A lot of activities were set for the day such as the Bingo Bonanza and the Job & Nego Expo 2011 sponsored by Smart. I enjoyed the walking thru the food stalls to find something to grab for breakfast. I couldn’t decide what to eat; I just had a Hungarian sausage sandwich for a quick chow.
I knew the sandwich wouldn’t be enough for the whole morning so my friend and I decided to leave the park and find someplace to have lunch. We asked the locals and they told us about the Hidden Tapsihan which was just a few blocks away from the park.
There was no trace that a restaurant is located in this area except for the small orange signage. The name speaks for itself, it’s located along an alley and is indeed hidden.
Here’s the menu board of what they offer. We asked a wait staff what people usually order and that’s what we had for lunch. We sampled the tapsilog, lechon kawali with egg, and molo soup. We also had a pack of chicharon to go.
On the table:
Molo soup is a clear soup made from chicken broth; it is composed of ground pork wrapped in molo wrapper, shredded chicken and chinese cabbage. The way they made it was simple and perfect to start the meal. For its price (Php 45), I couldn’t demand for more.
The lechon kawali with egg (Php 85) was fantastic! The skin was crackling…crunchy and pan fried into golden brown. The meat was juicy and tender. I just wish they had Mang Tomas sauce to go with it. It would’ve been perfect. The egg that came along with it was cooked sunny side up.
If you like sweet old fashioned pinoy tapa, you’ll like Hidden Tapsihan’s tapa. It’s marinated in a sweet sauce that matches the pinoy taste bud. I want a bit of spiciness in my tapa so I asked for some chili for the vinegar dip. Their tapsilog is only for Php 65. Not bad.
NOTE: Their vinegar makes the tapa “amazingly delicious”. Not so sweet, not so sour, it truly matches the tapa.
Pinoy meals at budget friendly prices is the best asset of Hidden Tapsihan. Go there for your whole day tapsilog-fix. 🙂
Address: Mascardo St. Brgy. Wakas-I, Kawit, Cavite (locals/tricycle drivers can direct you to Hidden Tapsihan)