5.327 TEITY 27 Highlight : Steamed Fish Fillet with Black Mushroom

-Cycle 5, Item 327-
28 (Fri) November 2014

Steamed Fish Fillet with Black Mushroom


at Tao Yuan

-Malate, Manila-

with EK Kim

TEITY.  Try Every Item at Tao Yuan* (see previously 5.324 Spareribs).   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 new items tonight, total 144 down, 78 remaining; 27 visits so far, averaging 5.33 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

The highlight of the meal was the Steamed Fish Fillet with Black Mushroom.  Consists of bite-size pieces of white fish with sliced shiitake mushrooms and kailan covered in a simple gravy, classic Cantonese.  Ordinarily includes sliced ham, but it's way too salty, much better without.  In lieu of the fish, the dish is also offered with "imported abalone" (see generally 5.321 Fried Spring Roll with Shredded Taro) or "unicorn-style chicken" (see generally 5.324 Spareribs).  Good for when something light is in order.  

Pan-Fried Pork & Vegetable Bun (1.75)--could use more filling.

Ham Soy Kok (1.0)--glutinous rice skins, unpleasantly sticky/mushy.

Butter Cream Crab (0.5)--butter cream = margarine + sugar + salt--worst item on the menu thus far, by far; we asked them to rinse off the sauce and extract the meat.

Fresh Milk Tart (1.5)--too plain.



10 (Fri) April 2015

Finished (see generally 6.095 Done).


  1. Must be nice to be a regular so you can ask the kitchen to rinse off their special sauce and extract the meat. Hope you didn't get any extra protein with your extracted meat.

  2. u have no idea. the other day, as i was in the middle of dinner, I felt something tugging at my foot, which scared the crap out of me because i thought it was a rat, but i looked down to see that a waiter was tying my shoelace.

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  4. I seriously can't tell whether you're joking.

  5. I didn't remove Lisa's comment. Am I being hacked?

    Anyway, no, the shoelace thing is totally true. It's actually become something of a thing among my colleagues, who bring it up whenever someone talks about entitlement or power or respect or ass-kissing or whatever (works on so many levels).

  6. How heartwarming. It's like your life's version of being Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman when they order her the pizza and he gives her his tie

  7. am i julia roberts in this analogy? a prostitute with a sharp wit and heart of gold?

    (BTW, she gets the store manager to give his tie to richard gere.)

  8. Yes, you are the "woman of ill repute" in this case. And the store manager does NOT give his tie to Richard Gete; he gives it to her: "Edward would love that tie!" Etc

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