6.164 Deep-Fried Tofu with Vegetables in Spicy Black Bean Sauce

6.164

18 (Thu) June 2015

Deep-Fried Tofu with Vegetables in Spicy Black Bean Sauce

3.5

at Seafood Market

-Ermita, Manila-

with K staff and guests

Getting closer to perfecting the revamped menu at this restaurant (see generally 4.263 Parros Clams…).

Now that the clams have been relegated to soup, the spicy black bean sauce is confirmed to be an ideal accompaniment to tofu and mixed vegetables.

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Clams & Ginger Soup (3.5) (see generally 6.115 Clam & Ginger Soup) — with the upgrade of straw mushrooms — DONE.
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Black Pepper Prawns 1 (1.5) — the inherent fun/problem with this place is that every dish, every time, in the absence of a formal menu, is improvised, such that every order is subject to interpretation by different servers and cooks; convinced that I’d secured a fool-proof winner with Singaporean-style black pepper sauce (see generally 6.133 Black Pepper Slipper Lobster), I was disappointed to find that they’d changed the recipe into more of a sweet & sour.
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Scallops & Asparagus in Ginger-Onion Stir-Fry (4.0) — works equally well with shrimp and/or broccoli — DONE.
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Black Pepper Prawns 2 (2.5) — I asked them to do the dish again, like last time, which came somewhat closer, but nowhere near as good; what bothers me most is that I’d requested a small, if symbolic, discount on the prawns, just to show good faith — given that the sweet & sour reformulation above was way beyond reasonable expectation — but they refused, claiming that chefsreserve the right to change their recipes at any time — bullshit.

Even as I approach perfection, however, I’m beginning to dislike this restaurant for its lack of customer service — they know know who we are and how much we spend there, and  they also know specifically who I am in relation to who we are and how much we spend, and yet they don’t seem to pay us any respect, never even offering us a fruit platter for dessert.

This is why I’d begun to consider Tao Yuan as a preferable alternative (see generally 6.095 DONE), which I will now push more aggressively.

2 thoughts on “6.164 Deep-Fried Tofu with Vegetables in Spicy Black Bean Sauce

  1. the dishes all look tempting! (even for black pepper prawns) i was waiting to hopefully see this post as my professor (SM K) told me the dinner was delicious.

    can they make prawns with white pepper sauce, too?

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    1. no white pepper sauce.

      btw, i finally got around to making my own white pepper, which will be posted soon.

      we’re going to seafood market tomorrow (Dr Jee is here for a consultation), so hopefully tomorrow will see the finalized menu.

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