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5.305 TEITY 17 Highlight : Braised Fish Maw with Sea Cucumber

-Cycle 5, Item 305-
6 (Thu) November 2014

-Chinese-
Braised Fish Maw with Sea Cucumber

2.5

at Tao Yuan

-Malate, Manila-

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TEITY.  Try Every Item at Tao Yuan* (see previously 5.302 White Pepper Crab).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.

3 dishes tonight, total 81 down, 152 remaining; 17 visits so far, averaging 4.65 items per visit, on pace to finish at TEITY 50.

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


Not really a highlight, the best dish by way of elimination was the Braised Fish Maw with Sea Cucumber.  The fish maw--my first experience with it--turned out to be rubbery, kinda like squid, but otherwise very little flavor.   The sea cucumber--my second experience with it (see previously 5.268 Beancurd Roll with Superior Sauce--was again spongy/mushy, and orangeish in color, making me now realize that it's not be the same animal eaten in Korea or in the States, which is more firm, and brown/blackish (see for example 3.075 Sauteed Sea Cucumber).  But the sauce, some kind of mild oyster sauce, was excellent.  I'll probably never order the dish again, but I'd consider adapting the sauce to other components.

Minced Beef Ball (2.0)

 Double Boiled Wintermelon with Dried Abalone Fish (1.0)

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ADDENDUM

10 (Fri) April 2015

Finished (see generally 6.095 Done).

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