Cycle 5 – Item 320
21 (Fri) November 2014
at Tao Yuan
-Malate, Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines-
Try Every Item at Tao Yuan (23) (see also TEITY)
Eating my way through the restaurant’s entire menu, currently at 222 items.
Tasted 7 new items tonight, bringing the total to 128 items tasted thus far, 94 items remaining, averaging 5.6 items per visit, on pace to finish at TEITY 41.
Though not designed to accommodate a vegan/omnivore dynamic, the split hot pot allowed us to share a meal without either party having to compromise our respective personal values.
NS works at WHO WPRO. She’s a vegan. As such people are wont to do, she told me as much within 1 minute of meeting her for the first time. The person making the introductions said, something along the lines of, “NS, this is KH, he’s this that and the other, and he’s really into food.” In reply, NS said one thing, something along the lines of, “Well, I’m a vegan.”
Vegetarians/vegans always seem to say things that, from the outset, like we have to acknowledge their superiority as soon as possible. I mean, I wasn’t offering her a piece of meat, or even a piece of toast with butter on it. Under other circumstances, about other matters, that kind of response would generally be regarded as peculiar at best, obnoxious or offensive at worst. Imagine, for example: “NS, this is KH, he’s this that and the other, and he’s really into cars.” … “Well, I drive a Prius.” “Well, I only eat sustainably sourced organic products.” … or, “Well, I only eat classical French cuisine.” But for some reason, announcements of vegan/vegetarianism seem acceptable these days.
Suahe were live shrimp, skewered on sticks, still twitching. Sharing the table with someone who’s vegan largely to protest the unethical treatment of animals, this was the worst or perhaps best choice that I could’ve made, though I didn’t know that they were served this way at the time of ordering. Nevertheless, I hate peeling things at the table, so I just ate a few and asked the rest to be put on ice for takeout.
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