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5.313 TEITY 20 Highlight : Fresh Scallop with Celery Dumplings

-Cycle 5, Item 313-
14 (Fri) November 2014

-Chinese-
Fresh Scallop with Celery Dumplings

2.5

at Tao Yuan

-Malate, Manila-

with Kim KH, Lee HS

TEITY.  Try Every Item at Tao Yuan* (see previously 5.309 Steamed Fish Fillet Stuffed with Mashed Shrimp).  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 94 down, 128 remaining; 20 visits so far, averaging 4.7 items per visit as of tonight, on pace to finish at TEITY 49.

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

HS and KH are in town!  Just to hang out over the weekend.  My first visitors since I've relocated here ten months ago (not counting wife, kids, father).  

For their inaugural dinner, I took them to Tao Yuan.  

Not so much a lobster in the western sense, the kind with pincers, here more of a gigantic shrimp.

To ensure a good meal, I went mostly with previously tried items, blue highlights: Clams in Salted Water,** Sauteed Mix Mushrooms in XO Sauce and Seafood Hofan (see generally 5.252 Seafood Hofan).  Though the spread didn't advance TEITY in the immediate sense, it did provide an opportunity to retry certain dishes to confirm that they would be appropriate choices when I organize a dinner party here for the Korean WPRO staff.  In any event, they seemed to enjoy the food.

Welcome to Manila!

 **Clams in Salted Water (2.25)--turns out that the clam soup that I'd previously been served under this name is an off-menu item, served by mistake (see generally 5.279 Assorted Hot Mezzah...); the mistake was much better than this, the actual dish.

White Pepper Lobster (3.5)--I also experimented by custom-ordering a lobster in the white pepper (crab) sauce*** (see generally 5.302 White Pepper Crab); better than the crab, but still a pain to eat; will experiment with prawns next time.


***TL informs me that, for no apparent reason, Singaporeans never do the white pepper sauce with anything other than crab, even though the sauce would seem perfectly amenable to application on other shellfish.  I suppose that it's like how Koreans use the classic soy-sesame galbi/bulgogi marinade only on beef and pork, never chicken, seafood, or vegetables.

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ADDENDUM

10 (Fri) April 2015

Finished (see generally 6.095 Done).

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