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5.207 TERRP 66(3.23) Teriyaki Boy: Teriyaki Boy Chicken Ju

-Cycle 5, Item 207-
31 (Thu) July 2014

-Japanese-
Teriyaki Boy Chicken Ju

2.5

at Teriyaki Boy (Robinsons Place)

-Ermita, Manila-

solo

TERRP (Try Every Restaurant in Robinsons Place), Phase 3.  In Manila since January, here through October under the current contract, living above Robinsons Place, I've been eating my way through the mall.  As far as I know, nobody has ever done anything like this, my unique contribution to the city's food/blog scene.  I did all the restaurants on the 1st floor (currently 36, down from the initial 40) and the 2nd floor (currently 7, down from the initial 14).  Now, I'm on to the restaurants on the 3rd floor (currently 30, 2 of which were already covered during Phase 1).  Then, once Phase 3 is complete, time permitting, the 4th floor.  Henceforth, however, I'll take them as they come, no more pushing the agenda; if I don't finish, no big deal.


This is the 66th in the series, the 23rd on the 3rd floor.  Padre Faure Wing.

All restaurants on the 1st floor:

- 39(1.36) Apr 2 / Cabalen (Filipino) (see 5.087 Buffet Scraps) / 1.5 / $$

All restaurants on the 2nd floor:

- 45(2.07) Apr 30 / Recipes (Filipino) (see 5.115 (Chicken) Gisang Gisang) / 3.0 / $$

Previously covered restaurants on the 3rd floor (1-10):

- 53(3.10) May 21 / The Old Spaghetti House (Italian) (see 5.132 Pepper Crusted Fish Fillet...) / 1.5 / $$

Previously covered restaurants on the 3rd floor (11-20):

- 63(3.20) July 14 / Bagnetboy (Filipino) (see 5.190 Bagnet Solo...) / 1.5 / $

Previously covered restaurants on the 3rd floor (21-30):

- 64(3.21) July 15 / Gumbo (American) (see 5.191 Umm...Chicken Gumbo) / 2.5 / $$
- 65(3.22) July 30 / Inihaw Express (Filipino) (see 5.206 Kilawan + Bicol Express...) / 0.5 / $


Teriyaki Boy is a Japanese restaurant.  Started in the Philippines, currently with 38 branches scattered across the country.  Eclectic menu offers a little bit of this and that, from sushi to ramen and donburi dishes.

Most items hovering around 200 PHP. 

The food was okay.  The chicken, grilled and seasoned with a light teriyaki glaze, reminded me of the  generic Asian-style "barbecue chicken" sometimes found in Japanese/Korean/Chinese/Vietnamese/Thai food court stalls in American malls, which isn't a bad thing.

According to the menu, "ju" refers to the box.

5.206 TERRP 65(3.22) Inihaw Express: Sulit Meal (Kilawin + Bicol Express + Rice + Soup)

-Cycle 5, Item 206-
30 (Wed) July 2014

-Filipino-
Sulit Meal (Kilawin + Bicol Express + Rice + Soup)

0.5

at Inihaw Express (Robinsons Place)

-Ermita, Manila-

solo

TERRP (Try Every Restaurant in Robinsons Place), Phase 3.  In Manila since January, here through October under the current contract, living above Robinsons Place, I've been eating my way through the mall.  As far as I know, nobody has ever done anything like this, my unique contribution to the city's food/blog scene.  I did all the restaurants on the 1st floor (currently 36, down from the initial 40) and the 2nd floor (currently 7, down from the initial 14).  Now, I'm on to the restaurants on the 3rd floor (currently 28, 2 of which were already covered during Phase 1).  Then, once Phase 3 is complete, time permitting, the 4th floor.  Henceforth, however, I'll take them as they come, no more pushing the agenda; if I don't finish, no big deal.


This is the 65th in the series, the 22nd on the 3rd floor.  Padre Faure Wing.

All restaurants on the 1st floor:

- 39(1.36) Apr 2 / Cabalen (Filipino) (see 5.087 Buffet Scraps) / 1.5 / $$

All restaurants on the 2nd floor:

- 45(2.07) Apr 30 / Recipes (Filipino) (see 5.115 (Chicken) Gisang Gisang) / 3.0 / $$

Previously covered restaurants on the 3rd floor (1-10):

- 53(3.10) May 21 / The Old Spaghetti House (Italian) (see 5.132 Pepper Crusted Fish Fillet...) / 1.5 / $$

Previously covered restaurants on the 3rd floor (11-20):

- 63(3.20) July 14 / Bagnetboy (Filipino) (see 5.190 Bagnet Solo...) / 1.5 / $

Previously covered restaurants on the 3rd floor (21-30):

- 64(3.21) July 15 / Gumbo (American) (see 5.191 Umm...Chicken Gumbo) / 2.5 / $$


Inihaw Express is a Filipino food court stall.  Located next door to Chin's Express (see generally 5.128 Sio Mai Mami).  Typical range of items, with heavy emphasis on fatty pork dishes (e.g., bicol express).  And oddly enough, they also offer kilawin--though eating semi-raw fish in a place like this, not recommended. 


RULE 2.0.  Thanks to TERRP, I've developed a personal policy henceforth to eat only items that merit at least a 2.0 rating.  Even if it's the only thing on the table, even if I've already paid for it, even if the food would go to waste (whenever possible, I will try to get it to go and give it someone on the street).  I can afford to skip a meal now and again, and again.  In Manila, this should reduce my food consumption by half.  

5.205 11d/5c/9l (9) Manila: Haemul Pa Jeon

-Cycle 5, Item 205-
29 (Tue) July 2014

-Korean-
Haemul Pa Jeon

1.75

at Korean Palace

-Malate, Manila-

w J Gusman, A Way

11d/5c/9l.  For 11 days -- 5-day conference + 2-day holiday in Spain, airport layovers before and after -- my itinerary will take me through 5 countries, 9 locales, more-or-less at dinnertime, providing me an opportunity to have dinner in all of them.

This is Day 11 (see previously 5.203 München: Vesper)--DONE.

The Republic of the Philippines is Country 5--DONE. 

Manila is Locale 9--DONE.  Back home, same ole same ole.


Korean Palace is a Korean restaurant.  Located in Malate, on Adriatico Street, where it touches the western edge of Remedios Circle.  Like most Korean restaurants here, or anywhere outside of Korea, the menu offers a wide range of favorites, from barbecue to soups and rice dishes.


Bulgogi (1.5)--okay flavor, but the meat was dry and tough.

Egg & Seafood Casserole (1.5)--various components added to justify selling it as an actual dish (in Korea, a plain egg casserole would typically be served as a complimentary side), but not very good (plain is better).


Banchan (2.0)--respectable variety, passably tasty.

Haemul pa jeon is a Korean pancake (jeon).  Consists of minced seafood (haemul)--typically bits of squid, clams, maybe shrimp--and strips of scallion (pa), mixed in a flour and egg batter, cooked in oil into a flat disc.

The food was edible.  Localized flavors--can't put my finger on it, but everything's just a little different--explains why Koreans don't really seem to like the place, even though Filipinos and non-Korean expats do.  In fact, I've been here on two prior occasions, both at lunch, at the invitation of Filipinos and non-Koreans.  Anyway, the haemul pa jeon, like the rest of the spread, was decent enough in absolute terms, though falling short in authenticity.  It was also too light on the haemul and pa.  Whatever.

5.204 11d/5c/9l (8) Hong Kong: Stir-Fried Spotted Garoupa with Vegetables

-Cycle 5, Item 204-
28 (Mon) July 2014

-Chinese-
Stir-Fried Spotted Garoupa with Vegetables

3.5

at Maxim's Jade Garden (Hong Kong International Airport)

-Hong Kong-

solo

11d/5c/9l.  For 11 days -- 5-day conference + 2-day holiday in Spain, airport layovers before and after -- my itinerary will take me through 5 countries, 9 locales, more-or-less at dinnertime, providing me an opportunity to have dinner in all of them.

This is Day 10 (see previously 5.203 München: Vesper).

The People's Republic of China is Country 4. 

Hong Kong Special Administrative Region is Locale 8.  Just in the airport for a few hours before catching a flight to Manila.




Maxim's Jade Garden is a Chinese restaurant.  Located in the main concourse of Hong Kong International Airport.  Part of Maxim's food & beverage empire, founded in 1956 as a single restaurant, now owning or operating over 840 outlets of various types, restaurants and bars and coffee shops and bakeries, Chinese and Japanese and Thai and Vietnamese and European and American, in Hong Kong, Macau, mainland China, and Viet Nam.  Jade Garden is one of the company's flagship operations, high profile location, leaving a final impression of Cantonese cuisine for those leaving the city.  The food is traditional/mainstream Cantonese, including various dim sum options, roast meats, and seafood dishes.  

While Tsingtao has developed an export version--packaged in green, presumably formulated to suit a wider global consumer base--the original white local version remains far superior.

Although I did have enough time to go out into the city for dinner, as I'd done the last time flying through Hong Kong (see previously 16/11-16/11 Hong Kong: Har Gao), I decided to stay put.  First, I was tired.  Second, I hadn't done any research on potential dining locations, so I didn't have anywhere in particular to go.  Finally, I wanted to try Maxim's again (see previously 3.142 Roasted Goose) to confirm whether the memories of my prior experience are accurate.

Roasted Duck (3.75)--best duck that I've had in years, juicy and tender and savory...

...with beans!

Har Gao (3.0).

Shrimp Wonton Noodle Soup (1.5)--noodles had a floury aftertaste, broth was salty, wontons okay.

Lobster Dumpling (2.5)--pretty much a giant har gao, with big chunks of shrimp bound together with what may have been minced lobster paste.

The food was indeed as good as I remembered.  Initially, I made the mistake of ordering too many similar kinds of dumplings.  Full but unsatisfied, I ordered another dish, which turned out to be the best of the bunch: fresh garoupa (grouper) and gailan (Chinese broccoli), delicately stir-fried, lightly seasoned, perfectly balanced flavors, classically Cantonese.  In the end, I was very happy.

I may do this, staying in the airport, every time that I fly through Hong Kong, which I anticipate will be quite frequently.

After an empyrean week of feasting on the most exquisite foods, I was brought back to down to earth by the processed crap served, ironically enough, on the flight to Manila--welcome home.

5.203 11d/5c/9l (7) München: Vesper

-Cycle 5, Item 203-
27 (Sun) July 2014

-German-
Vesper

1.5

at Selmans (Flughafen München)

-München-

solo

11d/5c/9l.  For 11 days -- 5-day conference + 2-day holiday in Spain, airport layovers before and after -- my itinerary will take me through 5 countries, 9 locales, more-or-less at dinnertime, providing me an opportunity to have dinner in all of them.

This is Day 9 (see previously 5.202 Barcelona: Sepia Plancha).

The Federal Republic of Germany (Bundesrepublik Deutschland) is Country 2, again.  Flying in to and out of Europe via Germany, in through Frankfurt, out through München--yes, I planned it that way.

Arriving at around 2100, this was the only sit-down option available.

Judging by the blurb on the airport website, which focuses on decor, very little on the food itself, the establishment would appear to be more about style than substance.

Most items are pre-made and on display, reheated and/or plated upon order.

München is Locale 7.  Just in the airport, a quick layover before catching a flight to Hong Kong, en route to Manila.

Selmans is an international restaurant/bar.  Located in Munich Airport, inside the terminal.  Offers a variety of dishes from various cuisines, both western (e.g, pastas) and eastern (e.g., stir-fries).

Warsteiner again, which must be the CASS of Germany.

In Germany, vesper is a light snack eaten between lunch and dinner.  Can be anything.

The food was blah.  Wanting to keep the experience German, I ordered the vesper platter, the only ostensibly German dish on the menu.  Consisted of wurst (smoked sausage), leberkäse (meatloaf), and obazda-kugel (cheese), plus a mayo-mustard sauce, pickle, and orange slices.  As noted in the recent post on Frankfurt, I have yet to be impressed by authentic German sausage (see generally 5.196 Frankfurt: Frankfurter...).  Oh well.

Bilbaoberria--Bilbao, an old friend (see most recently 5.198 Bilbao: Sopa de Pescados...)--a pintxos/tapas bar that I ran across on my way to the museum.

Very nice selection.

After sending the wife and kid on their way back to Seoul in the morning, I had a few hours to kill before my flight back to Manila, so I returned to Barcelona to enjoy one final meal and visit one last landmark.  

Museu Picasso.

Frankly, quite underwhelming, very few notable works on display...

...except for the Las Meninas series, Picasso's reinterpretations of the Diego Velázquez masterpiece.

5.202 11d/5c/9l (6) Barcelona: Sepia Plancha

-Cycle 5, Item 202-
26 (Sat) July 2014

-Spanish-
Sepia Plancha

2.0

at Divinus

-Passeig de Gràcia, Barcelona-

with Wife and Dominic

11d/5c/9l.  For 11 days -- 5-day conference + 2-day holiday in Spain, airport layovers before and after -- my itinerary will take me through 5 countries, 9 locales, more-or-less at dinnertime, providing me an opportunity to have dinner in all of them.

This is Day 8 (see previously 5.201 Barcelona: Livin La Vida Española).

The Kingdom of Spain is Country 3.

Barcelona is Locale 6.  Conference complete, we've come to Barcelona for the weekend to squeeze a bit more out of our time in the country.  No set plans, just looking forward to wandering around.

With only a few hours to explore, we hopped on a tour bus and settled for quick external glimpses of the sights; the most impressive was the Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrade Familia by Antoni Gaudí, the most bizarre and most captivating church that I've ever seen--next time, we'll go inside.

As explained yesterday, however, Vueling Fuck-Off Airlines lost our luggage.  Having registered my mobile number at the claims counter, we received a few unintelligible text messages in broken/abbreviated English that made us think that maybe something was being done.  But the internet tracking system wasn't working, and they weren't answering the phone.  So, after a quick breakfast this morning, we went back to the airport in hopes that the bag would be there waiting for us.  It wasn't.  Turned out, fortunately enough, that the bag was somewhere in the airport but, because Vueling Airlines is a fucked up operation at every step of the way, hadn't been brought up to the terminal, which we managed to discover after nearly two hours of the guy behind the counter calling various departments.  And then, as a final fuck-me-up-the-ass, they wouldn't release the bag until I'd completed a receipt form, taking another 30 minutes.  In the end, not a single apology, not even a facial expression of sympathy.  Fuck you, too.

By the time that we got back to the hotel, washed, changed, etc., and made our way out, finally ready to wander around, it was already 1400.


Divinus is a Spanish restaurant.  Located along Passeig de Gràcia, across the street from Gaudí's Casa Batlló.  Offers a full menu, while specializing in ready-to-go pintxos/tapas.

Passing by, we stopped Divinus for a late afternoon snack.  The plan was to eat a proper dinner later, something made to order, something requiring cutlery.  However, we were so tired after sightseeing--even though we'd sat on a bus for most of it--that we ended up staying in.  So, what we had at Divinus will have to suffice for the day's featured meal.


Sepia Plancha is a Spanish tapa.  Consists simply of grilled (plancha) cuttlefish (sepia), seasoned with salt and pepper, drizzled in olive oil.

Gambas al Ajillo (2.0)--shoulda known better, shrimp just aren't very good when pre cooked and left to sit.

Olives (2.5)

Calamares (1.5)--too much breading, drowning out the tiny baby cuttlefish, each the size of a thumb.

Overall, the food was rather mediocre.  Not knowing anything about sepia plancha at the time, I ordered a plate solely on the basis of appearance, thinking that the plump bodies might be stuffed with a surprise of some sort.  Turns out that the cuttlefish just contract into a globoid shape upon cooking.  Okay for fans of cuttlefish, I guess.  Otherwise, kinda plain.  Same with the rest of what we had.  Oh well.

As I would've suspected in a country with such a fine culinary tradition, this neighborhood bookstore featured an extensive cookbook section, including a table piled high with cookbooks for kids.