Grilled squid – Plato D’Boracay Resto

Grilled squid - Plato D'Boracay Resto
Prawns 150 PHP, Cooking service 100 PHP
Plato D’Boracay Resto, Boracay PHILIPPINES

Mmm, this squid was so good! They were grilled just right so that the squid weren’t tough and chewy. I loved eating the heads and eyes. Hehe!

Calamansi and red chilies - Plato D'Boracay Resto
Calamansi and red chilies for making the yummy dipping sauce.

Dipping sauce - Plato D'Boracay Resto
Dipping sauce.

d*talipapa seafood market
Fresh fish at d*talipapa seafood market.

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Baby squid in olive oil – Mesa

Baby squid in olive oil - Mesa
Sautéed in olive oil and seasoned with garlic and laurel. 270 PHP
Mesa, Boracay PHILIPPINES

Ugh, this wasn’t very good. It had a weird flavor and texture. I don’t know if they just threw it in for garnish, but the dry bay leaf was not appreciated. I hope that’s not how they produced the laurel flavor, by throwing in a crusty leaf afterward! I was excited to order this dish and it fell flat.

Station 2 beach
Station 2 beach.

Rice vermicelli with seafood – Nha Hang Ngon

Rice vermicelli with seafood - Nha Hang Ngon
Bun gao xao hai san. With shrimp, calamari, carrot, cabbage, onion, sprouts, cilantro, and scallions. 120,000 VND
Nha Hang Ngon, Ho Chi Minh City VIETNAM

Mmm, another delicious dish from Nha Hang Ngon. This had SO much flavor and a variety of textures – it was perfect! The seafood was prepared properly and the sauce was amazing. I could eat two plates of this!

Place setting - Nha Hang Ngon
Place setting.

Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica
Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica.

Seafood fried rice in clay pot – Bamboo Garden

Seafood fried rice in clay pot - Bamboo Garden
Fried rice with shrimp, calamari. 114,000 VND
Bamboo Garden, Ho Chi Minh City VIETNAM

Seafood fried rice in clay pot - Bamboo Garden
This dish was OK. The seafood was actually pretty tender and flavorful, but the dish as a whole was kinda boring. They actually just scooped the fried rice into the clay pot before serving. I thought that it was gonna be cooked in it so that there would be crispy rice at the bottom, but that didn’t happen. 😦

Cocktails - Bamboo Garden
Caipirinha: dark rum, lime, and sugar. Two for 85,000 VND
Long Island Iced Tea: tequila, gin, rum, vodka, triple sec, coke, and lemon.

Saigon Opera House
Saigon Opera House (Municipal Theater of Ho Chi Minh City).

Madarin combo clay pot – Jasmine Tea House

Madarin combo clay pot - Jasmine Tea House
Shrimp, beef, scallop, squid, chicken, jalapeno, vegetable, garlic. $12.95
Jasmine Tea House, San Francisco CA

Mmm, for a delivery clay pot dish, this rocked! The ingredients were of surprisingly good quality and they tasted great! There were so many proteins packed in there. Most Chinese places fill the dish with bok choy and only give you a few slices of meat. I was even surprised that the squid and scallops were tender and fresh tasting. Now that’s impressive for Chinese delivery! I would definitely order this dish again.

Joan of Arc statue
Joan of Arc statue, California Palace of the Legion of Honor.