Much has been said about this famous Mami house in Binondo but I only got the change to taste it last weekend. Last Saturday, A group of travel bloggers decided to go on a tour around Makati and Binondo. We initially met at Starbucks Salcedo Village before heading to the Salcedo Weekend Market which is right in front of the coffee shop. After food tasting and photo taking in Salcedo Park we immediately headed to Binondo to start our short food tour and heritage tour in San Nicolas afterwards.
A Binondo food tour will never be complete without visiting Dong Bei Dumplings. Since its Meikah and Diane’s first time to try this, we ordered two plates of freshly boiled pork and kutchay dumplings. We assumed that dumplings would suffice as an appetizer since we were planning to try other authentic cantonese dishes in Benavidez street but our loud “burp” pretty much meant our stomachs couldn’t take anymore (LOL).
Next Stop : MaMi in Masuki
Since I didn’t have a Binondo map, I asked one of the fruit vendors about the restaurant’s location only to find out that I’ve been passing the area most of the time without noticing the famous Mami House. We were lucky to get a table for four immediately since the restaurant is usually crowded during weekend. A friendly waiter welcomed us and provided us the menu. If you are familiar with the old Ma Mon Luk Restaurant, you probably know what to expect and see in Masuki’s Menu. Why? Because the Masuki restaurant is owned by the grandchildren of the old Noodle King – Ma Mon Luk. (needs further confirmation)
Since our stomachs were replete with dumplings, we decided to order regular servings of their Original Chicken Mami and their famous Beef Wonton Mami. After a couple of minutes, the noodles were served in a huge bowl full of toppings. Along with the super sized Mami, they also gave us cup of freshly chopped green onion leaves, which is a very common ingredient of the dish, and a cup of asado sauce made from sugar, black peppers, water and flour which you can mix into the steaming noodles.
Masuki’s Menu offers variety of “Gupit” noodles perfect for your hungry stomach. Aside from their ever popular Siopao (streamed pork bun), you can also try some of their specialty side dishes such as roast pork, beef brisket, wonton and siomai. The price is very reasonable and I realized that the Mami served in a popular Chinese Food Wanabe food chain is really overrated.
Unlike the Ma Mon Luk in Quiapo, Masuki is clean and the area is far from noisy jeepneys.
What is Gupit?
Gupit is a local term for noodles which was popularized by Mamonluk Restaurant. Ma Mon Luk is a famous cantonese restaurant with former branches in Quiapo, Quezon Ave. and Cubao are called Ma Mon Luk.
Masuki started their Mami Business in 1930 in Benavidez street which is still their present location. Currently Masuki has two branches, one in its original birthplace in Binondo and one in Greenhills.
MASUKI MAMI RESTAURANT
931 Benavidez Street, Binondo, Manila
Tel. No. 244-07-45, 243-2674
MASUKI MAMI HOUSE
368 Sekai Center Unit 203 Ortigas Ave. cor. Madison Street,
Greenhills, San Juan
Tel # 744-27-21 or 744-27-20
How to get there:
The Binondo church has always been the rendezvous for groups who plan to walk around Manila’s China Town. Once you reach the Binondo church, ask anyone how to reach Benavidez Street. From Benavidez you can easily find Masuki.