Few months ago, when Honey and I went to Divisoria to have a bit of shopping, we dropped by 2 of the famous restaurants in Manila, the iconic Ma Mon Luk and Savory Chicken to try each of their best sellers.
Ma Mon Luk is a Chinese restaurant with delectable Mami and Siopao who have branches near Quiapo and in Quezon City. According to history, Ma Mon Luk was born and raised in Guangdong, China. He worked as a grade school teacher before migrating to the Philippines to sell chicken noodle soup. He later became a familiar sight in Manila as he walked the streets with a long bamboo pole slung on his shoulders with two metal containers at each end of the pole. He then opened his first restaurant in Binondo where he introduced his famous siopao and steamed pork dumplings. He continued peddling his wares on the streets, seeing it as an opportunity to advertise his restaurant. Ma Mon Luk and his mami became known throughout the nation since 1950.
I’ve read about Ma Mon Luk in different blogs and it’s always indicated that their siopao and mami really taste good. Due to our curiosity we searched one of their branches in Manila. We get off at Quiapo Church and walked on the street side until we reached the restaurant. It was just a typical restaurant with lot of newspaper with article about their stall that hanged on their wall as a decor. Despite the looks of their restaurant and lack of ambiance, still regular customers were hooked with their offers. Their best sellers are Siopao which is really big unlike other Chinese restaus, costs P55.00, chicken Mami for P85.00 pesos and beef mami for P100.00
It was our first time to eat here and we’re so delighted because the mami and siopao really taste so good. To be honest, their siopao is the best siopao I ever tasted in my life! It’s so big that can make you really full and has generous filling that you will enjoy together with their unlimited siopao sauce. While their mami is so aromatic and so tasty. The ingredients are simple and few but, it was so flavorful and tasty!
On the other hand is Savory Chicken located in Binondo, Manila. When we got there, lot of patrons are waiting for their orders mostly Tsinoy and businessmen along Binondo area. Savory Chicken was established by the Ting family back in the 1950s, but the brand began to disappear by the late 1990s to early 2000s. But now, they come back with flying colors. They now have different branches all over Metro Manila and we don’t need to go to Binondo just to taste their chicken. My favorite from their menu is their Chicken with fish fillet, tropical cooler and turon on the side. Their fish fillet is so creamy and so tasty; I so love the taste of it. While their chicken is so tender, juicy, tasty with so delicious sauce that compliment with the chicken.
I so love our food trip experience, so full and enjoy. We discover not only good tasting restaurants in Manila that feed our tummy, but we also discover history that feed our mind. So love this pig-out day.