7.064 Deep-Fried Golden Mushrooms, Dried Scallops

7.064

9 (Wed) March 2016

Deep-Fried Golden Mushrooms, Dried Scallops

3.25

at Li Li

(New World Manila Bay)

-Malate, Manila-

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First visit to my favorite local restaurant this year/cycle (see most recently 6.356 Steamed Egg White…).

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Sliced Chicken, White Asparagus & Mushroom Soup (2.0) : light broth, with traces of woodsiness from the mushrooms, but the chicken was kinda rubbery.
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Braised Bean Curd, Crab Roe (2.5) : briny and bitter, not in a bad way, unlike anything that I’ve ever tasted.
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Pan-Fried Spareribs, Champagne Sauce (3.0) : the sauce had something of an artificial citrusy flavor, as if made from orange soda (not champagne)…
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…but the spareribs were perfectly cooked to juicy tenderness.

The mushroom and scallop dish was intriguing.  Delicately deep-fried, seasoned with a hint of five-spice.  An excellent starter, particularly with beer.

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