Tag-ulan Foodtrip Series: Highly Recommended Restos for Your Mami, Lomi & Laksa Cravings

Ahhhhhh….. Nothing beats a heartwarming bowl of your favorite noodle dish on bed weather days. Now that it’s the monsoon season again, why settle on those unhealthy instant noodles, when you can get to experience and taste the real thing?

Mami Noodles Lucky Chinatown Mall Sincerity Masuki Tao Yuan Shi Lin Mae Ilagan (38 of 73)

And of course, when it comes to noodles, Binondo, Chinatown always comes to mind! Here’s a list of 4 well respected restaurants that are known for making exquisite noodle dishes to help you on your next noodle craving! Best thing about this list is that, all of them can be found at Lucky Chinatown Mall, for a more stress-free noodle foodtrip feast in Manila!

Lomi at Sincerity Cafe and Restaurant

I never thought that the makers of Chinatown’s “incomparable” fried chicken and other well loved authentic Amoy dishes would also offer one of my most favorite comfort food dishes…. the LOMI!

Mami Noodles Lucky Chinatown Mall Sincerity Masuki Tao Yuan Shi Lin Mae Ilagan (8 of 73)

Enjoy LOMI just the way you like it! Thick egg noodles in rich flavorful stock loaded with a hefty mix of shrimps, kikiam, chicken, meatballs and veggies. Best eaten when hot. Bagay na bagay tuwing malamig!

Mami Noodles Lucky Chinatown Mall Sincerity Masuki Tao Yuan Shi Lin Mae Ilagan (13 of 73)

LOMI the Sincerity way…. prepared with sincerity, made with love.

Mami Noodles Lucky Chinatown Mall Sincerity Masuki Tao Yuan Shi Lin Mae Ilagan (9 of 73)

Located at the G/F Lucky Chinatown Mall

Classic Chicken Mami (P130) and Tai Pao Siopao at Masuki

Siopao at Mami ba ang trip mo? For distinctly delicious mami soup and dimsum dishes, remember Masuki!

Mami Noodles Lucky Chinatown Mall Sincerity Masuki Tao Yuan Shi Lin Mae Ilagan (35 of 73)

Their history goes way way back over 40 years ago and they are hailed as an institution in the Philippine culinary scene. =)

Mami Noodles Lucky Chinatown Mall Sincerity Masuki Tao Yuan Shi Lin Mae Ilagan (28 of 73)

Until today, Masuki continues to serve the same honest to goodness recipe that their founder, John Ma made more than 40 years ago. Because they keep their excellent standards plus a continuous growth of regular patrons, it’s safe to say that our well-loved Masuki will be around for generations to come.

Over the years, people have even developed their own way of enjoying their favorite Masuki mami and siopao. Here’s a example on how my friend does it…

Mami Noodles Lucky Chinatown Mall Sincerity Masuki Tao Yuan Shi Lin Mae Ilagan (36 of 73)

she pours the asado sauce in her mami bowl

Mami Noodles Lucky Chinatown Mall Sincerity Masuki Tao Yuan Shi Lin Mae Ilagan (37 of 73)

mix, mix, mix!

Mami Noodles Lucky Chinatown Mall Sincerity Masuki Tao Yuan Shi Lin Mae Ilagan (45 of 73)

She then dips the siopao in the soup before devouring the whole thing!

Mami Noodles Lucky Chinatown Mall Sincerity Masuki Tao Yuan Shi Lin Mae Ilagan (41 of 73)

I’m a big siopao fan and Masuki’s Tai Pao (P85) is definitely one of my most favorite! Nothing beats their perfectly soft steamed bun filled with chunks of sweet savory aromatic asado and salted egg! OOOOhhhhh la lah!!!

Mami Noodles Lucky Chinatown Mall Sincerity Masuki Tao Yuan Shi Lin Mae Ilagan (21 of 73)

Mami Noodles Lucky Chinatown Mall Sincerity Masuki Tao Yuan Shi Lin Mae Ilagan (32 of 73)

Here’s the link to the FaceBook Live video I made that day: https://www.facebook.com/WhenInManila/videos/10154288051213119

Located at the 4th Flr of Lucky Chinatown Mall

Singapore Laksa (P388) at Tao Yuan

I’m very fond of eating Laksa (I actually like this more than ramen) whenever I’m in Malaysia or Singapore. I haven’t really explored Laksa places around Manila though, but I’ve heard quite a lot of good reviews with Tao Yuan’s version.

Good thing they have a branch at Lucky Chinatown, so I did not have a hard time in finding them. When I saw their menu, I was thrilled that they also offer other Singapore favorites like Hainanese Rice, Ba Kuh Teh, Singapore Seafood Hofan etc. =)

I must say that I was very much impressed when my bowl of Laksa landed on my table…Take a look…

Mami Noodles Lucky Chinatown Mall Sincerity Masuki Tao Yuan Shi Lin Mae Ilagan (51 of 73)

The aroma itself made me drool and seeing those huge prawns  made me even more excited. ..*GET IN MY BELLY NOW!!

Mami Noodles Lucky Chinatown Mall Sincerity Masuki Tao Yuan Shi Lin Mae Ilagan (52 of 73)

Laksa consists of rice noodles or rice vermicelli with chicken, prawn or fish, served in spicy soup; either based on rich and spicy curry coconut milk

Mami Noodles Lucky Chinatown Mall Sincerity Masuki Tao Yuan Shi Lin Mae Ilagan (57 of 73)

I LOVE LOVE LOVE the taste of the soup… super rich, creamy and spicy just the way I like it! Highly recommended!

Located at the 2nd Flr of Lucky Chinatown Mall

Braised Beef Noodle Soup (P295) at Shi Lin

When it comes to authentic Taiwanese Cuisine at very reasonable prices, I prefer going to Shi Lin. They specialize in dumplings, buns, and noodles- hand made, fresh everyday! I believe they are also pretty much known for their Xiao Long Bao.

Mami Noodles Lucky Chinatown Mall Sincerity Masuki Tao Yuan Shi Lin Mae Ilagan (71 of 73)

Their Braised Beef Noodle Soup is something that I also find comforting during cold rainy days…. Best enjoyed with other dimsum classics and Xiao Long Bao!

Mami Noodles Lucky Chinatown Mall Sincerity Masuki Tao Yuan Shi Lin Mae Ilagan (63 of 73)

Mami Noodles Lucky Chinatown Mall Sincerity Masuki Tao Yuan Shi Lin Mae Ilagan (65 of 73)

Located at the G/F Lucky Chinatown Mall

Got other recommended noodled restos around Binondo that you want me to try? Would love to read your comments! =)

Happy Eating!

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ALL photos Taken using NIKON D7200 with Tamron 16-300mm & 35mm f/1.8 prime lenses 






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