5.287 Lotus Leaf Chicken Rice

Cycle 5 – Item 287

19 (Sun) October 2014

Lotus Leaf Chicken Rice


at Tao Yuan

-Malate, Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines-


Try Every Item at Tao Yuan (10) (see also TEITY)

Eating my way through the restaurant’s entire menu, currently at 222 items.

Tasted 2 new items tonight, bringing the total to 43 items tasted thus far, 179 items remaining, averaging 4.3 items per visit, on pace to finish at TEITY 52.

Special Prawns with Egg Yolk (1.0): fermented duck egg yolk, ick; after peeling and rinsing, the shrimp underneath weren’t too bad.

Started with a couple small dishes, intending to get more as the evening progressed.  An hour later – absorbed in The Walking Dead on my laptop – I looked up and realized that the order hadn’t arrived.  By the time it did, I wasn’t in the mood to bother with anything else.

Whereas an established regular customer at a given restaurant would seem to deserve a certain degree of extra care from staff and courtesy from management, I’ve been told that the opposite is sometimes true in the Philippines, the rationale being, “He’ll be back anyway.”

Lotus Leaf Chicken Rice (1.5): nice initial burst of fragrance from the leaf, but the rice somehow managed a simultaneous mushy/crumbly texture, and the bits of chicken mixed in were blah.



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