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Simple Eats: Tao Yuan Restaurant

Nothing beats a warm soup on a rainy or cold night. And so, last night, we decided to drive to the original Tao Yuan branch to have some Shabu-Shabu and more.

I initially thought that Shabu-shabu was of Chinese origin but a quick search in Wikipedia yielded that it originated from Japan. Simply, shabu shabu is a melting hot pot where you put a variety of items that you’d like to cook in boiling water or soup.

The original Tao Yuan in Malate across Pan Pacific serves really good shabu shabu and the defining factor has to be the sauce that they serve – a mixture of garlic, chili, and sate sauce. This Singaporean establishment also serves good chili crab and hainanese chicken.

Shabu-Shabu: Ordered the Double Hotpot Soup and a variety of vegetables and meat variants.



Hainanese Chicken: Php450 for half a chicken and Php50 per cup of chicken rice. Definite must-try when you’re visiting Tao Yuan.



ChiliCrab:Php1000 or Php1600 per kg. Was hoping that they serve just the sauce. Dip a fried mantou bread onto the sauce.


Tao Yuan Restaurant
508-512 Gen Malvar Street Cor. A. Mabini St. Manila
(632) 522 7009 – 10


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Simple Eats: Kao Chi Restaurant

After a visit to Warren yesterday, Dad and I tried out Kao Chi Restaurant. Located in NS Amoranto, the restaurant is rather unassuming from the outside. The interiors are nice and simple (“chinese” style).

Since I just completed my Juju cleanse the day before and we would be dining at Tivoli in the evening, I wanted a rather simple lunch.

We ordered their Honey Glazed Spareribs (PHP188.00), Wine dunk chicken and pan fried dumplings. The first two were considered appetizers.

The taste of the spareribs is really good. Its sweet and addicting. The meat could be a bit more tender though.

Honey Glazed Spareribs

The wine dunk chicken is not bad, as well. The taste of the wine is a bit overpowering though but I liked it paired with my white rice.

Wine Dunk Chicken

The pan fried dumplings took a bit longer than usual but it was well worth the wait. The meat inside is freshly made. I loved how the dumplings are put together and presented. This one is a definite winner.


Overall, food was good. The place is clean and conducive for meetings. The price is a bit high though for short orders. The waiters are not all that knowledgeable in the food being served, as well. The restaurant is worth a try for the dumplings and other dimsum dishes.

Kao-Chi Restaurant
109 NS Amoranto,
Maharlika, Quezon City
4107788 4107799

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Posted by on December 24, 2011 in Simple Eats


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