Recently, I have been fond of noodle soup specifically Beef Mami since the weather is always raining. Due to my intolerable satiation of this food, I can't resist my urge to find a chair in Ma Mon Luk Restaurant while passing by in the narrowed alley in Raon, Quiapo.
I'll tackle a lil' bit of their history as what I've researched. R. Ma Mon Luk came to Philippines in 1918 from Guangzhou, China. He built the popular restaurant that bears his name, Ma Mon Luk. He was penniless when he arrived in Manila that's why he ventured a business by peddling a chicken noodle soup. He became famous in the streets with his mami. Mostly students from the various universities were his frequent customers. He then opened his first restaurant in Binondo. At one point, in the mid 1990s, there were at least six Ma Mon Luk restaurants in Metro Manila but as of 2006, only the branches in Quezon Ave. and in Quiapo remain open until now.
These are my orders. (See Photo below)
As you can see from the photo above, I ordered their special siopao, beef mami and coke for my drink. Their menu can be seen on the wall which also surrounded with many old-faded photos taken from the newspaper that featured them. Photos with many celebrities, politicians and well-known persons that visited their place.
It's kinda' dark inside with the creaking loud noise of their ceiling fans, old furnitures and flooring, and very eery ambiance. It was like I was in the era of early 19th century when the TV are still black&white. Well, even if the ambiance is not that good, I definitely love to eat there because of their tasteful beef mami and siopao. And added to that, the service is good. The old man who tendered my order is very good in his duty as a waiter even though he's lookin' like in his 50's. I absolutely salute him!
"Ang mami dito ay unang imbento, una sa lasa, una sa sarap" - Ma Mon Luk
My ratings: (1-10) 1-poor 5-best
Cost: 3 (kinda' pricey!) special siopao-60 beef mami-115
I absolutely recommends it to all who loves mami and siopao. This is one of the best I've had encountered here Metro Manila. :)