5.268 TEITY 8 Highlight : Beancurd Roll with Superior Sauce

-Cycle 5, Item 268-
30 (Tue) September 2014

Beancurd Roll with Superior Sauce


at Tao Yuan

-Malate, Manila-


TEITY.  Try Every Item at Tao Yuan* (see previously 5.264 Seaweed with Minced Shrimp Thick Soup).  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 dishes sampled tonight, total 34 down, 188 remaining; 8th visit so far, averaging 4.25 items per visit, on pace to finish at TEITY 55.

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

Boiled Peanuts (3.25)--on the house, excellent.

Fried Spareribs with Garlic (2.0)--okay, if one likes deep-fried pork...

...or loads of garlic, but the two components didn't seem to interact in the least.

Braised Sea Cucumber with Dried Shrimp Roe in Abalone Sauce (0.5)--indescribable, inedible.

Hainanese Rice (1.5)--too much ginger.

Singaporean Kam Hiong Clams (2.5)--interesting flavor, somewhere between XO and sambal.

By far, the highlight of the meal was the Beancurd Roll with Superior Sauce.  The sauce was actually a chicken-stock broth, lightly flavored with soy sauce and other seasonings, simple yet satisfying.  The beancurd rolls were chewy and tasty.  Within, a mix of minced pork and shrimp, tender and savory.  The dish could work as dimsum appetizer or starting soup or palate cleanser in between heavier stir-fried dishes later on.  A definitive contender for the permanent rotation.



10 (Fri) April 2015

Finished (see generally 6.095 Done).

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