Jun 2, 2011

Proudly Pinoy: Tapang Kalabaw (Carabao Meat)


When I was still a kid, I wouldn't dare touch the meat if they say it's tapang kalabaw (carabao tapa).  Because I got used to the notion that they are as tough as natural leather, I never dared eat it again until recently, when my dad brought this home from Bulacan. He said that unlike before, the tapa right now is a lot more tender, but still quite chewy. 



Dad told us that this is the best seller of the cantina from which he and his business mates often dine. And it's not a lowly carinderia, he says. Rich people flock there to buy carabao meat  cooked in different ways. It then made me wonder, do they raise carabaos nowadays for their meat? Because from what I remember, they don't really breed the carabaos in my either of our farms in the provinces.

So what can I say about them? They are so yummy and great with runny yolks for breakfast! :) You should give them a try!


12 comments:

  1. we import carabao from India, i think. somebody told me that most of our canned corned beef brands like Purefoods are using cara-meat. i had the most tender and delicious bulalo in Davao and my friend said it was carabao bulalo.:p

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  2. i havn't tasted it yet but you made it sounds so delicious...would love to be adventurous and try it even once if i got the chance! wishing you a great week!

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  3. I thought selling Carabo meat in the Phils is prohibited.

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  4. I really thought that carabao meat are tough. I remembered eating it one time and didn't like it. Maybe because my teeth weren't fully developed then, I'm not so sure. Though it's an interesting thought you have there regarding the origin of carabao meat. I have this horrid idea that they must be double dead or too old to work since they are tough to chew!

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  5. I have never tried tapang kalabaw.

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  6. ha ha ha!you know your dishes every week surprises me..I remember you had Sinampalukang Kambing... and then the cookie..the ever to die for cookie you made for your boyfriend!..I still have to muster a lot of courage before I could eat Kalabaw meat.

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  7. haven't tried carabao meat before, but this one looks so delectably inviting

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  8. I LOVE TAPA! I can still remember nung 14th bday ko, nag ihaw kami ng kalabaw at un ang handa ahahah :D

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  9. I haven't tasted it yet. Hopefully meron nyan dito sa zamboanga :)

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  10. Never ko pa natry yung ganyang klaseng tapa. Yung usual tapa lang kinakain ko eh but i'm willing to try that. It looks yummy naman :D

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  11. Based on the data released by the United States Department of Agriculture, "carabeef" has 41% less cholesterol, 92% less fat, and 56% fewer calories than cow beef.
    Recent studies regarding its chemical composition show the fresh carbeef obtained higher crude protoen than pork and beef.
    On carabao's milk contains protein, fat, lactose, vitamins, minerals, and water making it the "most complete food" according to the Philippine carabao center (PCC)
    Carabao's milk is richer and creamier compared to goat's and cow's milk due to its high content of milk fat which is a good source of energy unknowingly among Filipinos.
    Nutritunists claim it contains riboflavin or vitamin B2 needed for the normal growth, the agent against skin swelling, inflammation of the lining of mouth and tongue and dizziniss. Its vitamin A content is good for cleaning eyesight while the vitamin D, calcium and phosphorous are valuable for strong teeth and bones.

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