5.296 TEITY 13 Highlight : Ba Kuh Teh

-Cycle 5, Item 296-
28 (Tue) October 2014

Ba Kuh Teh


at Tao Yuan

-Malate, Manila-

with solo

TEITY.  Try Every Item at Tao Yuan* (see previously 5.291 Beef Tenderloin with Special Sauce).  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.

2 new dishes tonight, total 50 down, 172 remaining; 13th visit so far, averaging 3.92 items per visit, on pace to finish at TEITY 59.

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

Ba kuh teh is a Singaporean meat dish.  Consists of meat (ba), with bone (kuh)--typically pork rib--simmered slow-and-low until fall-off-bone tender, and served with the broth in a small individual vessel.  Seasonings vary according to style but often remain simple--commonly just soy sauce, pepper, garlic--to keep the focus on the meat.  Despite the broth, it's not really regarded as a soup--in fact, "teh" = "tea"--and would probably be served midway through a multi-course meal.

Local Abalone with White King Oyster Mushroom (3.0)--nice abalone flavor, enhanced with the simple brown sauce, pairing well with the mushrooms and lettuce.

At the time of ordering, I had no idea what the dish would be.

The Ba Kuh Teh at Tao Yuan turned out to be very good.  Perfectly cooked meat, fall-off-bone tender but not overdone so as to be crumbly.  The broth was simultaneously rich and subtle, though it seemed to be laced with a touch too much MSG, but I could be wrong--needs secondary verification.  Strong contender for the permanent rotation.



10 (Fri) April 2015

Finished (see generally 6.095 Done).

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