I first heard about Taitong through an article in a local daily. My friend and I have been wanting to try it out but it always got shelved. Last week, we finally freed up our schedule on a weekday and devoted one night to Taitong.
This low-key restaurant is located along A.S. Fortuna Street in Banilad, Mandaue City. It's in an obscure spot, in between AA's Barbecue and Nuat Thai massage place. The place is small with a capacity of twenty people maximum. It has these large wooden dining tables that make the space all the more cramped. The simple and clean interiors and the soft light gave off that cozy and homey feel.
For dinner, we ordered the chicken hotpot, plain siomai and pork spareribs in salt and pepper. To my friends, I know you'd be wondering how a chicken dish made its way to my dinner. And that caused me a night of itchiness.
While waiting for our orders, they gave us service tea and a set of chopsticks and spoon and fork even without us asking. In between chats, we observed the goings-on inside the restaurant. For a newbie, this place has a good number of customers, some dined in while the others had to-go orders (especially those who looked like they are of Chinese descent).
Waiting time took about 15-20 minutes. Finally our dinner was on the table. The serving for the chicken hotpot with rice was generous. It can feed up to three persons. The chicken meat was soft and flavourful with just the right mix, not too salty nor sour nor sweet.
The siomai was okay, not too dry nor too moist but nothing spectacular about it. It was like any typical siomai.
plain siomai with chili sauce
The spareribs was yummy. It was crunchy on the outside but soft on the inside, the meat so tender and juicy. The garnishing enhanced the taste of the spareribs.
spareribs (pepper and salt)
By the time we were done with our dinner, we were so full. Imagine, there were just the two of us sharing a meal that can feed three persons. Plus, the prices for the dishes were reasonable and affordable. In fact, we intend to return to Taitong to try their noodles, hakaw, siopao and other house specialties.
Taitong Steamer Food
A.S. Fortuna Street, Banilad
Contact Nos.: +63 32 2390023 / 3182438
Open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and
5:00 - 10:00 p.m.
5:00 - 10:00 p.m.