5.332 TEITY 29 : The Pilot Spread

-Cycle 5, Item 332-
3 (Wed) December 2014

The Pilot Spread


at Tao Yuan

-Malate, Manila-

with the NCD team and friends

TEITY.  Try Every Item at Tao Yuan* (see previously 5.330 Mango Lapu Lapu).  

*The domain has recently expired, but I leave the link in case it comes back up.

Attempting to eat my way through the restaurant, every last item on the menu. Currently 233 items in all (excluding shark's fin).  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, though TEITY should turn out better/easier for several reasons previously explained.  Here I go again.

2 new items tonight, total 152 down, 70 remaining; 29 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

Having sampled most of the main dish items at Tao Yuan, I was ready to pilot a full-course spread of the restaurant's blue/green hits.  

The year-end dinner party for our team and friends presented a perfect opportunity.

With over 20 staff in attendance, the occasion also allowed for ordering a couple items meant for big groups, previously untested.  The dishes hadn't been vetted, threatening a potentially perfect meal, but the rest of the menu's blues and greens would ensure at least greatness, even if the newbies weren't any good.  

Singaporean 5 Kinds Hot Cuts (2.5)--one of the newbies; deep-fried sweet soy-sesame wings (2.5) + deep-fried beancurd seafood rolls (2.5) + mushu (3.0) + jellyfish (2.0) + seafood & fruits cocktail in mayonnaise (1.0); I might ask next time just for the wings, beancurd rolls, and mushu.

Seaweed (2.5)--not as good this time.

Char Kway Teow (3.5)--good as ever.

Hong Kong Style Preserved Meats with Rice in Clay Pot (2.0)--the other newbie; not a big fan of sausages, but the rice was pretty good.

Lapu Lapu with Chilies (4.0)--good as ever.

Singaporean Spare Ribs (3.5)--good as ever.

Kimchi 2 Ways (3.0)--courtesy of the boss, who often brings kimchi to such events; someone had the idea to introduce cameo utensils into the shot.

Sauteed Mixed Mushrooms with XO Sauce (3.5)--good as ever; and then another joined in.

Singaporean Taro Basket with Seafood (3.5)--good as ever, the biggest hit of the evening, particularly the taro; then three.

Egg Tarts (2.5)--on the house; then 4 ... ending with 7 by the final fruit plate.

While everyone seemed generally pleased with the food, the reception wasn't an outright rave.   The three-fold problem was that I was (i) on a strict budget (ii) for a large group (iii) with varying preferences, so I had to play down to the lowest common denominator--good for everyone, great for nobody. 

I should do better with a targeted audience.



10 (Fri) April 2015

Finished (see generally 6.095 Done).

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