5.256 TEITY 4 Highlight : Lapu Lapu with Chopped Chili

-Cycle 5, Item 256-
18 (Thu) September 2014

Lapu Lapu with Chopped Chilies


at Tao Yuan

-Malate, Manila-

with various WHO WPRO staff

TEITY.  Try Every Item at Tao Yuan* (see previously 5.252 Seafood Hofan).  Attempting to eat my way through the restaurant, all 222 items (excluding shark's fin and desserts).  From what I've seen so far, it would seem to be one of the best in the neighborhood, solid on all counts: taste, quality, variety, service, vibe, proximity, maybe price.  Once I've tried everything, I'll know exactly what to get, depending on the circumstances, whether it's for a quick bite on my own, a casual night out with friends/colleagues/family, or a formal occasion hosting bosses/VIPs.  That kind of certainty, in the unpredictable culinary landscape of Manila, will be invaluable.

*The domain has recently expired, but I leave the link in case it comes back up.

Something of a sequel to TERRP (Try Every Restaurant in Robinsons Place), which had me eating my way through an entire mall, all 85 restaurants (see generally 5.247 Original Recipe Fried Chicken...), much to my eternal regret and shame.

5 new/on-menu items sampled tonight, 18 down total, 204 remaining; 4th visit so far, averaging 4.5 items per visit, on pace to finish at TEITY 52.

BLUE: highly recommended / GREEN: respectable / YELLOW: mediocre / ORANGE: better avoided / RED: never again / GREY: off-limits due to ethical concerns.

As I hope will happen with regularity, colleagues graciously agreed to join me for dinner, fully aware of the TEITY mandate.  With 10 in the party, the opportunity allowed for ordering a few big items that otherwise would largely go wasted if I were on my own.

Braised Special Seafood in Pot (3.0)--good but not particularly special.

Garlic Shrimp Spring Roll (3.0)

Steamed gailan with garlic (2.5)--off-menu, good to know that veg options aren't limited to the few that are listed.

Singaporean Original Hokkien Clay Pot Seafood Noodle (1.5)--reminded me of chapaghetti.

Pink marbling suggest brining of some sort.

Roasted Peking Duck (2 ways) (2.0)--decent skin but odd flavor in the meat.

The highlight of the meal was the Lapu Lapu with Chopped Chili.  The server recommended that we go with the pricier but tastier tiger grouper, which turned out to have a delicately sweet flavor and firm flesh, money well spent.  It came in a tangy soy dressing, topped with chilies, not very spicy, just a slight kick.  Unlike any fish dish that I've ever experienced, yet immediately familiar.  Awesome.

Fruit platter--on the house.



10 (Fri) April 2015

Finished (see generally 6.095 Done).

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