The Legendary Masuki Mami!
The first I’ve tried Masuki was after a basketball match way back in freshman college (yes, there was a point in my life where I played that sport despite being the nerdy type haha.) We were in Binondo at the time, and my Chinese classmates took us to the resto’s main branch which was just a block away. From that point on, it has stayed a distinct favorite ever since! I’d even took my friends and traveled all the way from Antipolo just for this.
Beef Chicken Asado Special – P220
Thankfully, there’s no need to travel to the Binondo branch anymore- I later found out they had branches in SM Megamall, San Juan City and even in Mall of Asia. Since Megamall is the nearest, this is where I mostly go to. For directions- it’s at the basement floor of Bldg. A beside the escalator near the connecting pathway to Bldg. B!
A humbling 85 years of existence in the country since its humble beginnings in 1930 at Binondo, Manila’s Chinatown, Masuki was able to stay in business for this long due to it being consistent with regards to serving staple Cantonese food among the hungry residents of Metro Manila. People loved their food back then, and people love their food now- you just can’t go wrong with giving people products and services being delicious, affodrable, fast and accessible all at the same time! It’s a no brainer, but it’s definitely hard to pull-off. Well, Masuki did just that and now it’s still going strong!
Masuki is indeed quite underrated– we went to the Megamall branch at the supposed peak business hours (lunch and dinner) a couple of time and we always were able to get a table, while we couldn’t at the more famous restaurants like Ippudo Ramen, Vikings, etc. which were overflowing with people. I guess it’s a good thing in itself since having Masuki as an underground hole-in-the-wall place makes the dining experience much more authentic. Taking my friends here wasn’t a mistake- they all enjoyed the food here!
Their menu is quite simple– you just choose your toppings for your noodles, as well as whether it’s regular or special (large size.) They also serve dimsum, their well-known siopao and different variants of cold beverages- not to mention FREE house tea! For recommendations, I guess everything on the menu? Since the noodles are all the same- smoking hot and delicious! Just choose your favorite topping. Here’s what we ordered:
Original Special – P130
Wonton Mami Regular – P160
Wonton Chicken Regular – P175
The noodles look bland, you say? Fret not! The pictures are before the magic happens- see the brown (asado) sauce on the small cup beside the noodle bowl? That’s Masuki’s secret ingredient! You pour it to the noodle bowl- one cup will be given to you but it’s refillable. For me, it takes 2-3 cups to achieve my desired flavor.
I’ll repost the photo just in case you didn’t see it prior:
Gah, just blogging about Masuki already made me hungry and craving. And it’s raining here right now- the perfect time for a hot bowl of scrumptious noodles! I’ll be in Ortigas this week so I’ll definitely drop by here again.
Be sure to dine here as well! A total recommendation from me. :)
Pork Siomai – P35 per piece
Asado Siopao (Special) – P85
Here’s their menu:
Bldg. A, SM Megamall, EDSA cor. J. Vargas Ave., Mandaluyong City
Telephone No. 2440737 / 744-2720
Other Branches: Binondo, San Juan City, Mall of Asia
i testify!! i love their special asado siopao and their noodles with asado. (asado all the way. ugh sorry!) the sauce is
the mall of asia branch is quite small. i've never seen the place full but whenever i pass by, their first 3-5 tables are always occupied.
Never tried their asado siopao and pork siomai before…until last week. And YES, both are also really delicious! Their asado sauce is a universal sauce for tasty goodness. xD