14 (Wed) January 2015
at Tao Yuan
with various colleagues
TEITY. Try Every Item at Tao Yuan* (see previously 6.001 Braised Superior Whole Abalone). Attempting to eat my way through the restaurant, all 222 items (excluding shark’s fin and desserts). From what I’ve seen so far, it would seem to be one of the best in the neighborhood, solid on all counts: taste, quality, variety, service, vibe, proximity, maybe price. Once I’ve tried everything, I’ll know exactly what to get, depending on the circumstances, whether it’s for a quick bite on my own, a casual night out with friends/colleagues/family, or a formal occasion hosting bosses/VIPs. That kind of certainty, in the unpredictable culinary landscape of Manila, will be invaluable.
*The domain has recently expired, but I leave the link in case it comes back up.
TEITY is the 2nd of 6 projects in the “Try Every” series. (i) TERRP (…Restaurant in Robinsons Place) (see completed 5.247 Original Recipe Fried Chicken…); (iii) TERDHPP (…Restaurant in the Diamond / Hyatt / Pan-Pacific hotels) (see most recently 5.348 American Lobster Aburi Gunkan); (iv) TERSK (…Restaurant in St Kilda) (see completed 5.339 …Roasted Squid); (v) TEKREM (…Korean Restaurant in Ermita/Malate) (see most recently 5.346 Deep-Fried Okdom); (vi) TEIBR (…Item at Bistro Remedios) (see most recently 6.008 Sinigang na Baboy).
15 new items tonight, total 187 down, 35 remaining, 33 visits so far, averaging 5.67 items per visit (as of tonight), on pace to finish at TEITY 40.
From the outset, I’ve anticipated that the most challenging aspect of TEITY for me would be the items comprising the inner (e.g., lung, kidney, intestine) and outer (e.g., skin, tongue, feet) parts of animals–generally, I only eat the middle third (e.g., meat in between).
A few months back, I treated a group of Filipino colleagues to lunch–they like this kind of thing–and got through most of the stuff on the main and dimsum menus (see generally 5.298 Braised Pork Belly with Taopok).
That left the goodies on the hotpot menu, the scariest of them all, so there we were again, just the guys this time.
Although I found most of the items to be abhorent individually, I enjoyed the overall meal nonetheless. Partly because I got to try certain things for the first–and final–time; I even discovered that ox tongue might not be so bad after all. Partly because I got to check off several icky items, although a few remain; I guess we’ll be back soon enough. And mostly because I got to share the experience with friends–misery loves company. Good times.
10 (Fri) April 2015
Finished (see generally 6.095 Done).