Tonight we got invited to ‘Tao Yuan’, a Chinese restaurant in Malate.
I’m not an expert on authentic Chinese food, but Chinese people are – and the restaurant is PACKED with them. Consider that a good sign. Imee Marcos was there too, inside a VIP room, along with a number of fringe politicians.
Tao Yuan opened last December, and established itself for serving one of the best Hainanese chicken in Manila (complete with the chicken’s severed head as a decoration).
On the vegetable side of things, we ate this spaghetti-esque dish filled with various kinds of mushrooms and sotanghon noodles. Their tofu is great.
The verdict? It was good for the first try, but it needed to be crispier and had to have more salted fish bits, according to Tito and Tita.
For me, the definite winner for the evening was the Hainan rice. It tasted like Tinola-flavored garlic fried rice. Later on, I found out they call it “chicken rice” because it’s like a fried rice infused with chicken broth or chicken fat. (Not for herbivores!)
For dessert, we had the ever-present “butsi”, this time, it was black bean sesame seed balls rolled in peanut and coconut shavings. It came with green tea jell-o which was awesome just for its striped design. Not a must-have, if you ask me.