A name some might not be familiar with since they knew it as Ma Mon Luk in Binavides St, Ongpin. My mom used to bring me to that branch a lot when I was growing up. Then there were no air conditioning, just dark wooden chairs with white Formica topped tables and big ceiling fans. This branch in accessible Greenhills still has those tables and chairs but with air conditioning and ample parking thrown in.
A place that’s famous for its noodles, siomai and siopao. A bit of nostalgia hits me every time we eat there especially when one of the old waiters from Ongpin makes an appearance. The smell might be a little weird,for some like my cousin from Canada commented, but once you taste the noodles everything is forgotten. After eating he has changed his tune to, it might smell weird but it’s oh so good that he wants to go back again lamenting the fact that its not available in Canada.
Once you sit down, the waiter immediately puts down a bowl of sauce and chopsticks per person. Then he’ll come and take your orders. We always order the same thing so we don’t look at the menu anymore. The signature noodle soup is topped chicken and asado, but we like our big bowls with asado only. Irene also ordered siomai which comes in a pair per order. These are not your ordinary sized siomai that you can eat in one bite, they are quite large.
On to the process of eating the noodles, this is where the sauce comes in, scoop out the noodles with your chopsticks and put a liberal amount of sauce before eating. The sauce is also used for siomai as well as siopao.
This is the end result for regular patrons of Masuki, nearly empty bowl of sauce and a bowl of dark colored soup from all the sauce that drip down.
A simple yet fulfilling meal with a bit of nostalgia keeps drawing us back again and again.
Masuki Mami HouseUnit 203 SekaiCenter 368 Ortigas Ave.cor.Madison Street
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