5.023 TERRP 07.1.07 Hainanese Delights: Hainanese Delights

 -Cycle 5, Item 23-
28 (Tue) January 2014

Hainanese Delights


at Hainanese Delights (Robinsons Place)

-Ermita, Manila-


Try Every Restaurant in Robinsons Place (TERRP). In Manila through mid-April, living above Robinsons Place, I'm going to attempt eating my way through the mall.  As far as I know, nobody has ever done anything like this, so this could be my unique contribution to the food/blog scene of Manila. Given time constraints, I'll begin with the 30 (or so) establishments on the first floor, working my way up.  

This is the 7th restaurant in the series.  Other restaurants previously covered:

01.1.01 Jan 13 / C2 Classic Cuisine (Filipino) (see generally 5.008 Chicken Pork Adobo) / 2.5 / $$
02.1.02 Jan 15 / Banana Leaf (Asian) (see 5.010 Noble Leaves with Garlic) (Malaysian) / 3.5 / $$
03.1.03 Jan 16 / Holy Cow! (American) (see 5.011 Lonestar Grilled Pork Chop) / 2.0 / $$$
04.1.04 Jan 21 / Super Bowl of China (Chinese) (see 5.016 Pork Strips with Kangkong) / 3.5 / $$
05.1.05 Jan 23 / TGI Friday's (American) (see 5.018 Filipino Platter) (Filipino) / 2.5 / $$$
06.1.06 Jan 19 / Tempura (Japanese) (see 5.019 Ramen Burger) / 0.0 / $$

Hainanese Delights is a Singaporean restaurant.  Located in Midtown Wing.  As the name would suggest, emphasis is on dishes influenced by Hainanese culture.  Everything on the otherwise simple menu is referred to by some proprietary nickname--e.g., the iconic chicken rice is called, rather unimaginatively, "Hainanese Delights."

Finally, something cheap.

The chicken rice was not that delightful.  For starters, the "unlimited" Hainan rice was respectable--not that I'm qualified to judge, frankly, having only tasted the dish twice prior.  While the chicken was tender enough, the sauce tasted simply like sweet soy sauce, with none of the subtle silkiness that I experienced in Singapore (see most recently 4.267 Chicken Rice).  At 139 pesos, at least the price was authentically Sinaporean.

Take the Cake (1.0)--nothing like actual carrot cake, assuming that's what it's supposed to be; come to think of it, these lame nicknames do allow for leeway: "We never claimed that it's carrot cake."

In a pinch, I might get this again.