TACLINGS: Bite-Sized Tacos Hit (OAP)

(This was published in OurAwesomePlanet.com and Mercato Centrale last June 12, 2013)

Tacos are tasty treats but I veer away from eating it because of the likely mess it would make. There’s a high probability that the hard tortilla shell would crumble with each bite. Luckily, Michelle Turabin thought of creating custom-made bite-sized taco shells. Thus, the birth of Taclings.

Her frustration with this messy Mexican street fare and her love for experimentation inspired this tiny treat. She tried to make smaller servings of tacos in her own kitchen and brought them to her office as sort of a taste test, which produced positive feedback. That was three years ago. Now, she and her husband, Frederick, have gone full-time with this food business.

The husband and wife team joined various bazaars and night markets to peddle their products. Taclings only has two variants—Taco Beef and Tuna Mushroom. The first is the original flavor that is made with 100% homemade ground beef, which is served with fresh salsa and special garlic sauce. While the tuna variant has a hint of curry, which gives it some kick. Don’t worry, it’s not at all spicy. The interesting thing about it is that it comes in a green taco shell that is flavored with malunggay (moringa). I like how this is more guilt-free because of the addition of the healthy ingredient.

A single serving consists of six pieces and costs only P70, while a double serving has 12 pieces and is just P120. Although best eaten when freshly made, foodies may bring home these treats by ordering a party pack that contains beef, salsa, garlic sauce, shells and tray, which you can assemble yourself at home. The pack has a total of six order and costs P350. It’s a nice treat to bring in parties and get-togethers.

Even if Taclings only has two variants, it has become a hit already, as the brand is about to go into franchising.

Thanks to Taclings, I can now satisfy my taco cravings minus the mess and fuss.