5.344 Fresh Sliced Squid

Cycle 5 – Item 344

15 (Mon) December 2014

Fresh Sliced Squid


at Tao Yuan

-Malate, Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines-

with EK

Try Every Item at Tao Yuan (30) (see also TEITY)

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

Tasted 9 new items tonight, bringing the total to 172 items tasted thus far, 50 items remaining, averaging 5.8 items per visit, on pace to finish at TEITY 39.

Double Soup in Pot (2.0): on the right, generically spicy with a touch of five-spice; left side, totally bland.
Watercress (3.0) + Radish Stick (2.5)
Thanks, GK!
Shell Meat (0.5): some kind of clams, gross.
Crab Powder Ball (3.0) + Cold Tofu (1.0): the tofu was deep-fried, frozen, served semi-thawed, weirdly spongy.
Despite the name of the item, as well as its initial appearance, sounding and looking dubiously artificial, the Crab Powder Ball was surprisingly good: fishcake on the outside, filled with some kind of paste, possibly containing crab roe – not great, but interesting.
Fresh Sliced Beef (2.5): not “fresh,” but rather prepared in that Chinese way that makes the meat unnaturally squishy tender.
Sotanghon (3.0): glass vermicelli, the advantage is that type of noodle doesn’t go soggy in the broth.

(See also BOOZE)



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