5.322 TEITY 25 : Shabuki

-Cycle 5, Item 322-
23 (Sun) November 2014



by me

in my apartment

-Ermita, Manila-

with JB, EK, et al.

TEITY.  Try Every Item at Tao Yuan* (see previously 5.321 Fried Spring Roll with Shredded Taro).  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.

6 new items tonight, total 131 down, 91 remaining; 25 visits so far, averaging 5.24 items per visit as of tonight, on pace to finish at TEITY 44.

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

Got a tabletop induction grill.  Powerful.  Quiet.  Flat.  Slick.  (Pricey.)  After the previous dinner party in my apartment, which had involved grilling pork belly in a small room without adequate ventilation** (see most recently 5.306 Feeding Institutional Memory), leaving the place to reek of burnt pork fat for weeks thereafter, still kinda does, I vowed never to do it again.  But wanting to continue hosting dinner parties of some sort, I thought about shabuki.  Having already brought my cast iron pot from Korea for that purpose, the induction grill completed the gear package.

If I get home early enough, this is what I see--I gotta get home early more often.

**I did it also once before (see generally 5.246 The KLHC Chuseok Chowdown), though the lingering stink hadn't been so bad that time, just a few days, probably because we didn't eat as much meat.  In any case, no more BBQ parties here.  

Whereas induction grills can maintain a boiling stock throughout the meal, a standard tabletop gas stove doesn't have a lot of firepower, allowing the boil to die whenever ingredients are added and requiring a minute or so to get back up to temperature.

For the pilot implementation, I used the opportunity to advance TEITY by ordering several items from the hot pot menu as takeout.  Items that seemed amenable to transportation and really couldn't prepare myself at home.  While the food per se was hit and miss, they did make the experience much more dynamic than sliced beef alone would have (sliced beef, independently acquired, was also on the table).  I'll be sure to do this every time hence forth.

Clockwise from top: Crystal Shrimp Ball (0.75)--the glutinous rice skin was sticky and awful + Fried Bean Curd Stick (2.0)--whatever + Hand-Made Squid Ball (3.0)--fresh and light, pretty good + Fish Tofu (3.25)--good + Fried Fish Cake (2.5)--okay + Hand-Made Beef Ball (0.5)--deplorable, the worst item from the hot pot menu thus far; the restaurant was also kind enough to pack sauce and garniture.  



10 (Fri) April 2015

Finished (see generally 6.095 Done).

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