This was a new, amazing experience for me! So there’s a great fish market a few blocks from the Boracay Regency called d*talipapa. You’re supposed to go purchase whatever you want to eat, then bring your fresh seafood to the cooking service restaurants in the market to cook it up for you! Awesome, right? Thank goodness my friend Robert is fluent in Tagalog because I don’t think I could have haggled with the fish mongers and then communicated with the cooks to let them know how we wanted the food the be prepared.
These prawns were SO good! They were super fresh and had so much flavor. I guess when you have that much butter and garlic, everything is better. 🙂
Prawns sautéed in a sweet chili sauce, garnished with green onion.
Paraiso Grill, Boracay PHILIPPINES
These prawns were really tasty, but someone at our table requested that they be peeled before cooking. NO!!! There’s SO much more flavor when they’re cooked whole, and I love sucking on the heads. That’s where all the goodness is located.
Green lobsters ready to be chosen and cooked to order!
Tiger prawns cooked in olive oil, garlic, chorizo and white wine. 480 PHP Epic, Boracay PHILIPPINES
Wow, this was our first meal in Boracay and it was an awesome choice! These gambas were delicious and super tender. I loved the chorizo sauce and dumped most of my garlic rice in there to soak it all up. I also like the flatware and presentation. Welcome to Boracay!
Lardo-wrapped smoked prawns, remoulade and cucumber. $16 Park Tavern, San Francisco CA
It’d be really easy for me to complain that these cost sixteen bucks, but then it was pretty darn tasty! They had me at lard-wrapped smoked prawns. There was SO much flavor in every bite (even though there were very few bites). 🙂
Combination of scallop, prawn, cod fish, black mushroom, deep fried tofu. $11 Makli Chinese Cuisine, San Francisco CA
For eleven bucks, this was great! There was plenty of seafood and everything was tender and juicy. Not old and tough like some seafood dishes from cheap Chinese restaurants you sometimes encounter. The sauce was also very tasty and not overpowering.
“Yuppie scum fuck off” sidewalk stencil. Someone must not like yuppies!
Summer melon, fennel, dill, lemon verbena. Tasting menu $95 Luce, San Francisco CA
The prawns were really good in this dish, but it was the accompaniments that really made it interesting. The variegated leaves were beautiful and the combination of different herbs and melon were new and delicious.
Green olive bread. Complimentary
South African daisy (Gazania sp., Asteraceae), Kentfield.
Clams, mussels, calamari, prawns and fresh fish sautéed in a tomato garlic broth. $23 Cafe Renzo, Palo Alto CA
Meh, this was ok. Definitely not the best ciopinno I’ve had. The sauce was a bit salty and some of the seafood were overcooked, but the flavors were there. I wasn’t feeling the love from this seafood stew though.
Homemade tagliolini noodles served with chanterelle mushrooms, tiger prawns, asparagus, parmesan in a light white wine garlic sauce. $19 Cafe Renzo, Palo Alto CA
Ugh, where were the chanterelles?! Either they completely forgot to add them or they slyly substituted a bunch of asparagus (which wasn’t indicated in the menu) instead. In either case, that was LAME! Overall, this was just ok anyway. The prawns were on the verge of being tough and the sauce wasn’t all that exciting.
Pacific starflower (Trientalis latifolia, Myrsinaceae), Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve.
Shu mai with chicken, xiao long bao with pork. A Taste of Yauatcha menu £28.88 for 2 people Yauatcha, London ENGLAND
Noms, these were SO tasty! I don’t think I’ve ever had Shanghai soup dumplings with crab in them, and they didn’t break, yay! Even the shu mai was fancy with large chunks of prawn and chicken. Mmm, I’m craving dim sum now. 🙂