Mmmm... Ma Mon Luk... If you guys are looking for authentic "Mami", then this is definitely the place to get your fill of the real stuff.
Their mami is "assembled" like the usual ones you see at simple old-school mami carts, where the noodles, meat, and veggies are in their bowls, waiting to be filled with hot broth. To be honest, and terribly straightforward... when I had my first bite of their chicken mami, I was all like, "Ew, lasang basahan!" ("Ew, tastes like a wet dirty rag!"). Hahahaha =) But seriously, it DID taste like a smelly "basahan" at first (not that I've already tasted "basahan", but I quite sure you can imagine what I mean). I wasn't really excited to have another bite, but I thought of giving it a second chance. I added a dash of salt, pepper, patis (fish sauce), and their other condiments... and... VOILA!!!... yummy Mami! So my tip to everyone planning to satisfy their Mami-cravings at Ma Mon Luk... be sure to season your soup/broth properly, or you're sure to get the same reaction as mine when I didn't.
My honey and I settled for their jumbo siopao and siomai as it was still merienda time... and decided to reserve the main dishes 'til our next visit. I found the Jumbo Siopao really cheap for Php 50.00 as it was quite huge and heavy. However, I like Aberdeen Court's jumbo tai pao better.
For those looking for a comfy airconditioned restaurant, this is the not the place for you. The siopao and mami are all steaming in the main dining area and you can see that the servers are all pretty sweaty themselves. We went here on a rainy evening and it was still quite hot and humid inside Ma Mon Luk.
Overall, given the taste and value for money... I would still recommend that you try out this place, especially if you're in the lookout for authentic mami noodles. Remember... season your noodle soup properly! :)
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Its taste dates all the way back into pre-war Manila (even how the resto looks, too :D )
The texture of the noodles flavored by its unique soup stock, topped with your choice of chicken, beef, pork, (or just get all of it!) and sprinkled with spring onions and black pepper. It has been a favorite that has been passed on to so many generations :)
It has been spun off already with Masuki in Greenhills and they retain the original presentation and flavor :)
I don't get Ma Mon Luk. My friend was raving about their siomai and mami so, i went there to try it out. With all due respect, alam ko institusyon ang Ma Mon Luk but, My dad makes better food. Their Siomai is huge but what it gives in size it lacks in flavor and texture. The Mami wasn't all that either. I was so disappointed cause, it is MA MON LUK after all. You expect great things...
i remember my mom taking me to the cubao branch... i love their siopao, their mami noodles is a must-try too! actually busog nako by just inhaling the amorous air inside the restaurant... typing this makes me really hungry and crave for it....
i love going to this place since i was young...the noodles remind me of my bonding moments with my mom
Looks may be deceiving for this place because of the old or 1920's looking facade of the place, but their food is a definite "must- try" for anyone. I love their siomai, their siomai is quite pricey compared to most siomai's but its definitely worth it because of the taste and size. Eating here seems like a taste of the "old manila" :)
I always go back to Ma Mon Luk alone and sometimes with friends just to eat my favorite siopao (bola-bola). So big, that one serving of it would make me my stomach full already. I just shrug off my shoulder thinking about my figure if I would still order lots of foods to satisfy my food cravings. But who can resist the very delicious beef mami they have. A must try, when you dine in in this restaurant. There crew though only some are good looking (lol) mostly on more 40+years are all friendly and quick to assist their customers.
I grew up eating Ma Mon Luk noodles since my dad and grandma are Ma Mon Luk fanatics. My hubby describes the soupstock as "amoy medyas" (smells like stinky socks, hahaha) but he eats it all the same. I love their signature Special Noodles -- chewy, slightly gummy noodles with slices of lean chicken and asado. Pour in their special sauce and yum!!! The secret is really in the sauce, hehe. Their huge, meaty siomai is also delicious especially when sprinkled with calamnsi and then dipped in... yes, again their special sauce! They bring out your order in a flash too.
This is no doubt the home of affordable Chinese comfort food.