Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Ma Mon Luk

I have just recently discovered Ma Mon Luk restaurant along Quezon Avenue near Banawe. I have long heard about this restau when I was still small and I never thought it is still open after all these years!


Walk into the restaurant and travel back in time! No airconditiong... high ceiling... back to back seating... square tables... look around you and you are just brought back to the 50's.


Framed magazine articles and newspaper clippings are hung on the walls. Interesting articles and features showcasing that they have come a long way.



I know I should be rambling about their famous siopao and mami. But I think everyone knows about it already. So what I would like to feature here are our other favorites in their menu.

The pancit canton is just to die-for, if you ask me. The blend of the veggies, the meats and their very very tasty noodles (they make their own, I bet) is just delicious.


Their fried chicken is another favorite. I wanted a bigger bird but theirs is packed with tastiness which makes up for its 'littleness'. It comes with catsup but I always ask for their sweet and sour sauce, the red one. It is the perfect match for their chicken.


Little did I know that it was going to be a favorite.

23 comments:

  1. I first heard about Ma Mon Luk when I was in gradeschool from Jose Lacaba's 'Ang pakikipagsapalaran ni Juan dela Cruz.' =D hihi.

    If you visit SenorE's blog he featured also an established foodhouse from long ago, sarap naman...Like the photo by the door, ung before ng pancit.

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  2. do they still use those thick drnking glasses reminiscent of a bygone era.

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  3. if you enjoyed Ma Mon Luk, look for Wa Yuen @ binondo as well as Moderna (their bird's nest soup!)

    :)

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  4. wow the pancit.. nakakagutom! looks really tasty!

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  5. giz, ya, thats my favorite shot too... i was waiting for our order sa lobby and i saw the flag hanging by the entrance... looked really great from the inside, so i took the shot.
    and yes, the food is really great!

    paul, ay, we havent dined in in a long while. to-go lang usually. but i think they still do. memories ba! ;-)

    ruger97, no need to recommend Wa Yuen... we frequent that place too. yummeee...

    u8mypinkcookies, yummy talaga sis. ask your mom about it. im sure she knows about Ma Mon Luk... ;-)

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  6. Shucks, nagutom na naman ako. That chicken...parang malutong na malutong yung balat!

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  7. ganun ba? naku kung may chance ka maligaw magpost ka ng pics ng mga appetizers nila! yum.

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  8. masarap nga diyan sa Ma Mon Luk. Sa cashier nila, nandun paba yong malaking adding machine nila? Yon ba yong nasa picture, parang box, gitz?

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  9. mindy, chinese style sha kaya malasang malasa. dont forget to ask for that red sauce ha... i prefer that to catsup eh. ;-)

    ruger97, will do pag napadaan. ;-)

    penumbra, sayang, di ko napansin.. i didnt come very near the cashier eh... para si mon ang magbayad.. hehehe... ;-)

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  10. hi Gita,

    I'd passed by this restaurant almost everyday when I go to school.

    From your pictures, the place looks very interesting. I'd probably give it a look myself.

    Thanks for sharing the photos.

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  11. Traveler on Foot, i hope you'll enjoy your trip there. let me know how it goes ha... good luck!

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  12. fast service, hot food, affordable prices... no wonder even after years in the business the place is still pack during lunch and dinner

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  13. sakai, that is so true. unbelievable staying power. we just keep coming back for more no!

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  14. I am one of those who religiously order mami and siopao whenever at Ma Mon Luk. But now that you've mentioned its pancit canton and fried chicken, I will definitely try them the next time.

    Thanks for the tip!

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  15. SenorE, thanks for dropping by! yes, mas madalas pa kami mag order ng chix and pancit than their famous mami and siopao actually.
    we are in fact bringing them for our lunch this sunday. ;-)
    let me know if you like it. oh, and ask for a little sweet and sour sauce for dipping of the chix. i prefer that to catsup. ;-)

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  16. Do you know if the owner of "Asian Noodles" restaurant we have here in National City (in San Diego County), California is really the direct descendant of Ma Mon Luk? The food is great but I haven't been to the original restaurant in Binondo to compare. Thank you!

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  17. Christian Anthony, sorry, i wouldnt know about that. but thanks for dropping by...

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  18. Hi! Thanks for the good review! I'm a third-gen Ma Mon Luk (Mr. Ma Mon Luk is my grandfather). The "short orders" aside from the usual Mami and Siopao were introduced more than a decade ago to suit the taste of the younger generations who bring their parents/grandparents to the resto. Try Chicken ala Ma Mon Luk (with a special sauce) coz it's also good!

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    1. Sorry for the late reply, B. But nevertheles, I am honored that you passed by my blog. Thanks. Yes, I have been passing by regularly since I blogged this, and will keep passing by for good food!

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  19. hi! i already tried Chicken ala Ma Mon Luk and it was really good! :) i just love the taste of their super duper duper special mami with chicken and pork on top! mmmmmmm... i can still remember how the taste travelled my tastebuds!

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    1. Redge, I am glad you liked it, too. :)

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  20. David"Dylan"Elizalde Puzon.1VMarch 5, 2014 at 1:20 AM

    I love Ma Mon Luk.Im so thankful my mom brought me here whan I was a kid.It feels like you're being transported back in 1989.Love the Beef Mami(the correct way to eat this is to pour in the asado sauce) and Asado Siopao.Once youve eaten,youre stomach would feel super heavy that you wouldnt think of eating dinner anymore once you get home.

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    1. Thanks, dont we all loveo Ma MonLuk. Let us hope the place will stay for a long long time! For our future generations to enjoy diba. ;)

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