355 – On Tasting Taiwan: Triptych 64

First of all, I’d like to start introductory entry for 2023 by wishing everyone a meaningful new year ahead! πŸŽ†πŸŽ†πŸŽ‡πŸŽ‡

I haven’t posted on this blog and its related social media presences for some time, so the recaps for the previous year will come at a later date. I still have several food posts lined up until the end of February – putting the 2022 recap around March, when most accounting firms in the Philippines end their fiscal years.

Furthermore, I’m sorry if I only like most of your entries over the past months until now. I’m usually on mobile so I can only like while on my phone, and I find it easier to comment when I’m using my personal laptop, i.e. on a full QWERTY keyboard.

Greetings, well-wishes, and apologies aside – let’s proceed with today’s triptych!

Next to that of Singapore, Taiwanese cuisine is one of the more ubiquitous Asian cuisines here in the Philippines. Milk tea joints here all stem from boba tea shops that first emerged in the island nation back in the 1980s. Xiao chi (small snacks) also trace their origins to night markets found in the country off the east coast of China.

Restaurants serving Taiwanese food have popped up here in Manila throughout the years. The items they serve definitely stand out from Southern Chinese cuisine (which Filipino-Chinese or Chinoy cuisine takes pegs from) and Northern Chinese cuisine (which experienced a boom with the influx of mainland Chinese nationals working in offshore gambling).

These pictures of my previous forays to three Taiwanese joints were a product of scouring my Instagram archives from over the years. Thankfully, I managed to find three such instances – which this entry will expound on.

I had this Garlic Broccoli and Salted Egg Prawn from Tien Ma’s Taiwanese Cuisine, which used to have a branch at the New Frontier Theater in Cubao. That branch sadly closed, and Tien Ma’s only has two locations left in Manila. True to its word, the salted egg sauce jived well with the plump prawns. Meanwhile, the broccoli – which I ordered following my practice of always including a vegetable dish – rounded out the savory taste of the prawns.

This Fried Rice with Chicken Chop from Shi Lin at Trinoma sufficed for a quick dinner. I featured this in a cube post from 2017, which later influenced my decision to dine here. My late dinner at the joint, incidentally, came before Shi Lin announced a last call for dishes. Shi Lin did not scrimp on the ingredients for the fried rice – which had shrimps, eggs, and celery. The flavorful chicken chop, meanwhile, was conveniently sliced into strips for easy handling and eating.

Lastly, I had this Seafood Roll Meal from Ersao Taiwanese Restaurant at its now-defunct SM Fairview branch. Ersao used to have a lot of branches in its heyday, until the pandemic forced it to downsize. This fried treat contained a mΓ©lange of seafood – crab meat, chopped shrimps, chopped squid and surimi (mashed fish meat used for fish balls). It’s best dipped in the accompanying garlic sauce as the latter cuts through the oiliness and fishy taste.

That’s it for this triptych; until the next post!


44 thoughts on “355 – On Tasting Taiwan: Triptych 64

  1. Taiwanese cuisine to me always means a comforting bowl of oyster mee sua or braised pork rice, so I tend to order the same items whenever I’m at a Taiwanese resto. πŸ˜› These look like great picks!

    • Now that’s delicious! I ought to check that out here in Manila; most of my Filipino-Chinese acquaintances also cite that dish as their favorite.

      Thank you for stopping by, and wishing you a Happy New Year likewise!

      • You can never have too much seafood– yum! πŸ˜€ This is sort of off-topic, but I was wondering if you know of a way to block a follower on WordPress? I remember you had a post a while back about dealing with some annoying bot followers, and there is this one person (I don’t think it’s a bot) who appears and then disappears every once in a while and leaves what I would consider to be somewhat violent poems in the comments section on my pages when he reappears. I remove his comments, but it’s a little creepy, and the fact that he follows and then unfollows a lot seems suspicious to me.

      • Well, to answer your question — it is possible, but WordPress’ block function is as good as useless. I’ve blocked several spam bloggers, but they still manage to find my website and abuse the Like function. Given that, I guess your next recourse is to report the offender for abuse on two counts:

        1. Abusing the Follow function on the WP Reader to direct others to their site, and;
        2. Leaving threatening comments on your website (under threats).

        I hope this helps, even though Automattic seldom responds in favor of the complainant.

      • Well, it turns out he has disappeared again, so I’m not quite sure what’s going on with that account or if I can still put in a complaint. I think I will try and see what happens.

      • I suggest saving his contact details (e.g. username, IP address, email, etc.) and putting them in the “Disallowed Comment Keys” section, so his succeeding comments go straight to the Trash. I’ve done this with several spammers, to much benefit.

        You can find that option in Settings > Discussion > Disallowed Comment Keys. Type in the offender’s details (one per line), then press “Save Changes.”

  2. Happy New Year to you too, and may 2023 be filled with joy, luck, success and blessings for you. πŸ€πŸ’š

    I often envy you when I read your blog posts. It’s so great to have the opportunity to taste authentic foods from other countries right around your home’s corner. Unfortunately, as I probably already mentioned earlier, foreign foods – not only western – are pretty expensive here in Bali. Probably with the exception of Chinese food which is also often sold in street food stalls (Warungs).

    • Thank you, Livia! 😊 Wishing you the same!

      But you know, the grass isn’t always greener on the other side. At least you get to cook for your family every time. We’re pretty much rigid in the dishes we cook here at home, and they aren’t exactly blog-worthy.

      Though if anything, I’d like to visit those warungs over there! Indonesian restaurants are few and far in between here in Manila, so trying out cuisines from the sources is surely a good idea.

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