5.264 TEITY 6+7 Highlight : Seaweed with Minced Shrimp Thick Soup

-Cycle 5, Item 264-
26 (Fri) September 2014

Seaweed with Minced Shrimp Thick Soup


at Tao Yuan

-Malate, Manila-

with various WHO WPRO staff

TEITY.  Try Every Item at Tao Yuan* (see previously 5.263 Braised Beancurd with Dried Scallop).  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.

9 new on-menu items sampled throughout the day, total 29 down, 193 remaining; 6th and 7th visits so far, averaging 4.83 items per visit, on pace to finish at TEITY 56.

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

Two meals at Tao Yuan today, lunch and dinner, the second and third consecutive meals at the restaurant following dinner last night (I didn't eat breakfast).

First, I treated a few of the girls from HSD to lunch.  The occasion was a quasi-farewell for Daisy, who's transferring to the WHO Philippines country office down the street, not too far away.  As I've know Daisy since my very first visit to WPRO way back when, she'll be missed.

The food was largely disappointing.  In retrospect, the problem was that none of the dishes had any sauce.  Oh well.

Fresh Shrimp Rolls with Beancurd Skin (1.25)--skins were deep-fried, which made them kinda greasy.

Sambal Prawns (1.5)--beyond a slight kick from the sambal, not much there.

Sauteed String Beans with Pork Belly & Dried Tofu (1.5)--not bad in terms of taste, but every component in this dish felt rubbery.

Tao Yuan Special Seafood Fried Rice (1.0)--orange flakes were some kind of dried fish, which were fishy in flavor and pasty in texture.

Later that evening, a few Korean staff obliged to join me for dinner.  No special occasion.  

The food was great.  This time, I was careful to ensure that at least a few of the dishes had sauce.  

Of the 9 new dishes sampled throughout the day, 3 rating blue, the highlight was the soup from lunch.  Otherwise like any typical Chinese soup, it included dried laver, making it taste immediately familiar to a Korean palate*--just remove the corn starch, it could pass for an authentic if nontraditional Korean dish.  Good stuff.

Barbecued Pork (2.5)--spongy texture suggested that the meat had been frozen and then too quickly thawed, but otherwise not too bad.

Dried Scallop with Two Kinds Vegetable (3.5)--in contrast to the previous dried scallop dish, the shredded scallops here provided good flavor, playing well with the delicate oyster sauce, complementing the asparagus and bokchoy.

Braised Imported Whole Abalone in Brown Sauce (2.0)--luxuriously soft and squishy, if that's a good thing, not dissimilar from the accompanying shiitake mushroom, but the brown sauce was almost entirely flavorless. 

Fried Rice in "Fujian" Style (3.5)--fried rice with seafood in gravy, what's not to like? 

*Incidentally, if I can develop a full course menu of surefire dishes, I may propose that one of the more formal gatherings with the senior Korean staff be held at Tao Yuan in lieu of Seafood Market (see most recently 5.249 Deep-Fried Tofu with Vegetables in Oyster Sauce), so the project has an objective beyond itself.  



10 (Fri) April 2015

Finished (see generally 6.095 Done).

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