6.071 TEIBR 8 : Chicken and Pork Adobo


17 (Tue) March 2015

Chicken and Pork Adobo


at Bistro Remedios

-Malate, Manila-

with CT, MG, et al.

TEIBR (Try Every Item at Bistro Remedios).

A highly regarded landmark restaurant that serves excellent mainstream Filipino fare, I’m attempting to eat my way through it.  Everything on the menu (except desserts, unless someone else orders it).  75 items in all.  While spending the vast majority of last year in the Philippines, I didn’t take substantial advantage of the opportunity to get fully immersed into the cuisine, much to my retrospective regret.  TEIBR should lead me down the right path—a higher purpose.

5 new items tonight, 32 items down total, 43 remaining, 8th visit to the restaurant, averaging 4.0 items per visit, on pace to complete the project at TEIBR 19.

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BLUE: highly recommended / GREEN: respectable / YELLOW: mediocre / ORANGE: better avoided / RED: never again

The masochistically gluttonous “Try Every” series: (i) TERRP (…Restaurant in Robinsons Place) (see completed 5.247 TERRP 85 KFC : Original Recipe Fried Chicken…);  (ii) TEITY (..Item at Tao Yuan) (see most recently 6.055 The Penultimate); (iii) TERNWPPD (…Restaurant in New World, Pan-Pacific, Diamond) (see most recently 6.069 Jo Karubi); (iv) TERSK (…Restaurant in St Kilda) (see completed 5.339 Roasted Squid); (v) TEKREM (…Korean Restaurant in Ermita/Malate) (see most recently 6.0506 Chung v Chung); (vi) TEIBR (…Item at Bistro Remedios) (see most recently 6.053 Chicharones).

Squid Tactics (1.5)–as with other deep-fried items here, the breading was crumbly, while the oil left an odd aftertaste.
Atcharang Green Papaya (2.0)–nice tang to offset the heaviness of other items, but overly pickled, washing out all trace of green papaya flavor.
Pakbet Capampangan (1.5)–the three primary vegetables in this dish–okra, bittermelon, eggplant–not a fan.
Sugpo sa Gata at Sili (1.0)–while unpleasantly lumpy in consistency, the sauce didn’t taste at all like coconut (gata); chili (sili) contributed nil; prawn (sugpo) was edible.

The Chicken and Pork Adobo was disappointing.  Meat dry.  Sauce flimsy.  In light of the restaurant’s track record thus far, I’d been looking forward with great anticipation to trying their rendition of the one Filipino dish with which I’ve become quite familiar–I eat adobo almost every other day for breakfast/lunch in the office canteen, on occasion for dinner (see most recently 5.310 Chicken & Pork Adobo)–but perhaps that familiarity has heightened my standards.

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