Cycle 5 – Item 37
11 (Tue) February 2014
-Malate, Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines-
with K staff, including RD, HRS
Tanabe is a Japanese restaurant. All the classics, from sushi/sashimi to yakitori and tempura and various noodle dishes. Prices are upper-mid-range, most dishes starting at around 300 pesos. Relatively new, relatively fancy for this neighborhood.
Aji is horse mackerel. Popular in Japan for various applications, including sashimi. In the Philippines, aji is one of the safer bets on getting fresh fish (or so I’m told), because it’s caught locally in abundance, whereas most other fish varieties are imported frozen.
I just realized that the so-called “godeungeo jorim” from a couple weeks ago, which I’d described as “fishier, smaller, and seemingly bonier” (see 5.021 Mackerel Jorim), probably consisted of horse mackerel.
The food was okay. The aji sashimi was fresh, if “fresh = not fishy,” but otherwise no flavor whatsoever, especially masked behind the minced ginger and sliced scallion. Everything else was reasonably well-made, tasty. I’ve been there previously for lunch, same conclusion. I wouldn’t mind going back, though I wouldn’t go out of my way.
The occasion was the first of what I anticipate will be a week of farewell meals for YL. When I first started working with WHO back in 2011, she was an intern here, sent from Yonsei University. She went on to become a technical officer, supervising the public health law project that I’ve been working on, on and off, as a consultant since then. On my travels during the past few years to Cambodia, Sri Lanka, and China, as well as the Philippines, YL has been there. The original plan had been for me to take over her position, now that her contract was up, but I ended up being poached by a different unit. Anyway, she’s leaving at the end of next week. Because of her overwhelming popularity among so many different groups of people at WHO, she’ll be busy saying goodbye. Tonight, the well-wishers included our Regional Director and various Korean staff members of WHO.
(See also GLOBAL FOOD GLOSSARY)
(See also RESTAURANTS IN PHILIPPINES)