24 March 2012: The President’s Grand Palace Restaurant and why I love having Taoist friends
After Tin’s graduation, my family had a nice lunch before proceeding on to our different plans. Mine was to head over to Binondo to attend a Taoist feast.
Since it was still early, my best-est buddy, Gin and I made plans to hang out first before going to Binondo. We were supposedly to hang out somewhere “north” and nearer to where she is currently staying. However, I got to persuade her to meet up with me in Rob Manila. :)
We tried Cara Mia (and was annoyed at the amount of people who literally went ahead of us when we were about to place an order), and later regretted it when we saw Gong Cha. I seriously want to find out what all the fuss about Gong Cha is!
Gin and I went window shopping afterwards. She wasn’t supposed to buy anything but we found this gorgeous dress that she could use for her baccalaureate mass. :)
When we decided that it was time to head to Binondo, heavy rain started pouring! Gin and I started walking towards Taft Avenue and then realized we should have simply taken a cab instead. Unfortunately though, it wasn’t an easy task as we were stuck in a sidewalk and the streets were already flooded. We were forced to ride a pedicab just to cross the street!
Not taking a cab was a good idea since riding a Divisoria-bound jeepney only took around 30 minutes. Gin and I were the first ones to arrive!
This is actually an annual event for us. Ever since we were freshmen, RJ would invite us to either their temple or the The President’s Grand Palace Restaurant for their Taoist feast. The night always ends up with foodgasm! Haha!
Here are photos of food on my plate. :)
Plate #1: Noodles
Plate #2: Platter(?). I adore century eggs!
Plate #3: Shrimp Salad. This does not look much in this photo but this dish is one of my favorites! Fortunately, they served it earlier than the previous feasts and I still had room for
lots of it in my belly. Haha!
Plate #4: I’m not sure if this is a roasted duck.
Plate #5: This isn’t some kind of brain! It’s some kind of unique meat, I guess. Haha!
Plate #6: Soup. I don’t know what it’s called, as usual.
Plate #7: I don’t know what this is called but it’s heavenly! Some kind of rice and nuts mixture is wrapped with well cooked meat that sits atop of some greens. The meat is so well cooked, it falls apart with the least amount of pressure. Yum!
Plate #8: Spare Ribs.
Plate #9: Need I say more?
Plate #10: Fish dish. I didn’t take a bite of this one, though.
Plate #11: I don’t know what this one is called too, but at first, we thought it was some kind of mini siopao.
As it turns out, the filling wasn’t meat, but the same filling you find in sesame seed balls (butchi).
Final plate/dessert: Mango Sago, with huge chunks of mango in it. :)
Thank you RJ, for the invite! I hope to still be invited next year! Haha! :)