5.191 TERRP 64(3.21) Gumbo: Umm....Chicken Gumbo

-Cycle 5, Item 191-
15 (Tue) July 2014

Umm....Chicken Gumbo


at Gumbo (Robinsons Place)

-Ermita, Manila-

with J Gusman, A Way

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 64th in the series, the 21st 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 / $

Gumbo is an American stew.  From Louisiana, of Cajun and/or Creole origin.  Consists of either chicken or mixed shellfish, with aromatics--i.e., the Holy Trinity of onions, bell peppers, celery, garlic (yes, I know that's 4 ingredients, which is what makes the trio so holy)--in a thickened stock--e.g., roux, okra, or filé (ground sassafras).  The name of the dish is believed to be derived from "quingombo"--the Bantu word for okra--or "kombo"--the Choctaw word for sassafras.

Gambas al Ajillo (2.0).

Gumbo is an American restaurant chain.  5 locations scattered around Metro Manila, of course all in malls.  Specializes in Cajun/Creole cuisine, including gumbo and jambalaya, as well as more mainstream fare.  

The food was okay.  Surprisingly, this was my first experience with gumbo, so I have no frame of reference, but the one here seemed tasty enough, like chicken in gravy, a bit spicy.  Served with rice--"as a garnish," according to the server--demonstrates how crazy Filipinos are about rice.  I might go back to try the jambalaya.

With Typhoon Glenda projected to hit Manila sometime around dawn, in which case the streets will flood and the water/power will crash, I stocked up on the essentials, enough to last a couple weeks, though maybe I should've acquired more bourbon.  Bring on the zombies.


  1. your water-to-alcohol ratio is dangerously low. and really spam? interesting. i only eat spam in Hawaii, in the form of musubi. what is in the black boxes next to the eggs, under the onion/potato?

  2. yes, dangerously low. like i said, i should've bought more bourbon. imagine being in the midst of the zombie apocalypse, and I run of bourbon--that would be such a bitch.

    really, you're asking about spam?? are u one of those koreans who doesn't, or claims not to, eat spam? if i had to eat canned meat, i can't think of anything better.

    black boxes are tea lights (you know, to make the shut-in more romantic). good catch!

    potato and onion. heh. for curry rice. with garbonzo beans (chick peas).

  3. I eat spam in large quantities! Only in Hawaii though. And since Hawaii seems to have been my only vacation destination for the last 8 years that's plen

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