5.330 TEITY 28 Highlight : Mango Lapu Lapu

-Cycle 5, Item 327-
1 (Mon) December 2014

Mango Lapu Lapu


at Tao Yuan

-Malate, Manila-

with EK, RK

TEITY.  Try Every Item at Tao Yuan* (see previously 5.327 Steamed Fish Fillet with Black Mushroom).   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 150 down, 72 remaining; 28 visits so far, averaging 5.36 items per visit as of tonight, on pace to finish at TEITY 43.

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

Braised Sliced Abalone with Fish Maw (2.25)

Fried Crispy Pigeon (2.0)

Fishball with Pumpkin and Taro in Coconut Milk (3.0)--not the biggest fan of fishball, nor pumpkin, nor taro, nor coconut milk, but I kinda liked how they all got along in this dish.

I generally don't like fruit, particularly as an ingredient, but the combination here of the yellow (sweet) and green (sour) mango, enhanced by the sweet and sour chili sauce, plus the soft (yellow) and crunchy (green) texture contrast, worked quite well; the only drawback was the poorly deep-fried fish--this could work better with prawns.

Century Egg Asado Tart (1.5) + Crispy Barbecued Pork Pie (2.0)



10 (Fri) April 2015

Finished (see generally 6.095 Done).

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