Binondo is such a great place for foodies to visit. The last time I came to Manila’s Chinatown on a food trip was almost five years ago, when I joined Ivan Man Dy’s “Big Binondo Food Wok”. And even now, I’m hearing more marvelous places to dine there.
Some time ago, I joined the crew of “Foods Tayo” in visiting Masuki, one of the most popular dining spots in Binondo. No surprise about the restaurant’s fame; the family that manages Masuki is related to Ma Mon Luk, the legendary father of the Filipino mami.
After we had our usual product shots and rom-com skit (the owner, Mrs. Willen Ma, had a cameo role), I decided that I had to go back someday and dine there once again – this time, by myself.
Masuki’s mami comes in asado, chicken, wonton, beef, or a combination of two or all. Each is served with Masuki’s signature soup and wheat noodles, chopped spring onions, and a special sauce served separately.
Another favorite is their version of siopao, big meat buns filled with savory asado and sauce, the perfect dish that goes best with the mami.
Being the voracious eater that I am, I got for myself a Special Beef Chicken Mami, normally good for 2-3 persons, three pieces of siomai, and siopao (which disappeared immediately)..
The best part about Masuki’s mami is that it’s served piping hot, letting you savor the sweet scent of the noodles and the meaty toppings. This is served alongside some chopped spring onions, and a platter of thick special sauce (this is actually asado sauce; how it’s made is a different story, and a trade secret).
The soup is mildly salty, though it may taste bland for some. This is where the special sauce comes in. One may pour a spoonful of the sauce into the soup to give it a sweet-savory flavor.
Sauce or no sauce, the thick slices of beef give the mami a rich, sweet-salty taste, complemented by the soft chunks of chicken. The noodles are no pushover too; they help balance the flavors swimming in your mouth by the time you get in too deep in enjoying your ingredients.
Masuki’s siomai is a great side dish for your mami. And by “great”, I mean “meatball-sized, packed with pork goodness” great. At P35 a piece, it’s worth shelling out an extra buck or two.
Masuki’s food is just as stellar as those served in their ancestor’s mami houses, but they still stand out as their own brand. Every bowl of mami, siomai, or siopao sates the appetites of those who need their filling, fulfilling fix of warm broth, meat, and noodles.
While they already have branches in SM Megamall, Greenhills, and Mall of Asia, I would still prefer dining at their Binondo branch. Their mami one of the tastes and scents of Manila that’s worth coming back for.
The Antigua Mami in Binondo
Since 1930Address: 931 Benavidez St., Binondo, Manila
Tel. Nos.: (02) 244-0745 / (02) 243-2674 / (02) 244-0737 / (02) 502-2300
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